San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The National Academy of Writing presents a two-hour event offering insights into the skills needed to write and re-write effective texts.
The first hour is the unique NAW Public Edit. Everyone attending this event may submit a text of up to 2000 words, in any genre of fiction or non-fiction. Two texts will be chosen at random and distributed to the audience in advance - novelist, non-fiction writer and NAW Director Richard Beard will then publicly edit these texts, working on the principle that writers face similar challenges and an edit for one is an edit for all.
In the second hour novelist Mark Watson will talk about his process as a writer, taking the 'pen or word-processor?' question seriously. How as a writer does he get the work of writing done? Every life has its distractions, so how does Mark Watson succeed in fixing the words on the page?
There will be time for questions.
Richard Beard has published three books of narrative non-fiction and five novels including Lazarus is Dead and Damascus, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and his latest novel is Acts of the Assassins.
Mark Watson is the author of Hotel Alpha and four other acclaimed novels, including Eleven and The Knot. He is also a stand-up comedian, well-known for his appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Mock the Week.
After booking, please send your Public Edit submission (no more than 2000 words) to email@example.com. by Wednesday 7th October. Submission of a text is optional – the two selected texts will be circulated ahead of the event.
This event is hosted by St Hilda's College Media Network.