Plot & Character with Kate Mosse
Dates: 24- 25 November 2012
Duration: 2 days;
Timings: 10am-5pm daily
Location: Guardian offices, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
Price: £400 (inclusive of VAT)
If a story is just the stuff that happens, then plot is the intrigue of how and why. ‘How and why’ depend on the people who inhabit the author’s imaginary world and the way that world impacts upon them.
Kate Mosse has planned a second Guardian Masterclass with her husband, creative writing teacher Greg Mosse. The course is suitable for new students, but also for those who attended the first sold-out weekend. It is called Plot & Character. This masterclass is about the interaction of characters and events. On the one hand, it’s what people do and why they do it. On the other, it’s the things that happens to the characters and how they react. Through a series of practical exercises, workshops and discussions, Kate and Greg Mosse will help the students to develop stories with the potential to become – with many, many hours of additional hard work and creative effort – fully-fledged novels. Along the way, students will learn about some aspects of story-telling in film, TV and theatre, too. Suitable for both novelists and playwrights.
Kate Mosse is the author of three non-fiction books, one play and five novels, including the multi-million selling international No 1 bestseller, Labyrinth. Translated into 37 languages and published in 40 countries, it won 'Richard & Judy's Best Read' at the 2006 British Book Awards and chosen as one of Waterstone's Top 100 novels of the past twenty five years. She is a guest presenter for BBC Radio 4’s A Good Read, a book reviewer for BBC Breakfast News and Late Review. Co-Founder & Honorary Director of the Orange Prize for Fiction, she is also Co-Director of the Chichester Writing Festival with her husband, Greg Mosse. Her new Languedoc novel, Citadel, will be published in the autumn.
Greg Mosse’s creative writing teaching is based around the development of craft skills – well-judged sentences, paragraphs, episodes and chapters are the building blocks of good novels. He is programme leader for creative writing at West Dean College where he teaches his own MA degree, validated by University of Sussex, and a wide range of short courses. He also teaches the Southbank Centre Creative Writing School. His knowledge of his subject comes from more than 20 years’ professional experience as teacher, editor, translator and writer.
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