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The Climate for Writing: A MIR16 Masterclass

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The Mechanics' Institute Review is an annual anthology of short-form fiction, non-fiction and poetry by emerging and established writers from across the UK. It is created by editors from Birkbeck, University of London, and is currently open for submissions. This full day of workshops will give you everything you need to submit to the 16th issue of the anthology as well as broadening your writing horizons. This workshop is aimed at writers of all abilities and backgrounds, from total beginners to experienced authors. Everyone is welcome!

The day kicks off with a panel discussion and Q&A in which Richard Hamblyn, Jean McNeil, and Steve Willey, discuss what it means to respond to a specific stimulus like ‘Climate’.

Climate-focussed creative writing sessions will be led by MIROnline managing editors, and previous authors, who will give their insight into what makes a submission stand out from the crowd. You can choose to attend a fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction session.

MIR16 Managing Editor, Sue Tyley, will lead a session about post-production, exploring different approaches to polishing your final piece.

At the end of the day, the MIRLive team will lead a reading of some of the work produced in the session.

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Richard Hamblyn is an award-winning environmental writer, and a lecturer in the Department of English at Birkbeck, University of London. His books include The Invention of Clouds, which won the 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Terra: Tales of the Earth, a study of natural disasters, and The Art of Science, an anthology of readable science writing from the Babylonians to the Higgs boson. His most recent book, Clouds: Nature and Culture, was published last year, and he is currently working on a long-planned book about the art and science of the sea.

Jean McNeil, born 1968, is a Canadian fiction and travel author. She is a Reader in Creative Writing and co-convenor of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She grew up on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. She presently lives in London, England.

Steve Willey is a poet, researcher and critic, and as an organiser of several London based poetry readings (Openned, Benefits, Watadd) is committed to the development of dynamic poetry communities both in the UK and internationally.

Workshop Facilitators

Sogol Sur is the author of the poetry collection Sorrows of the Sun (2017). She has just completed a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at Birkbeck, exploring contemporary queer literature through a postcolonial lens. Two of her short stories were published in MIR14 and MIR15.

Peter J. Coles was born in Oxford and currently lives in London. He came to writing after stumbling through various universities around the world studying Japanese literature. He recently finished an MA Creative Writing at Birkbeck, and is the Deputy Managing Editor for MIROnline. He is currently working on two novels and was shortlisted for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2018 and was longlisted for the Grindstone Literature International Novel Prize 2018.

Melanie Jones is the Managing Editor of MIROnline and a PhD student at Birkbeck, where she researches the links between anxiety and creativity. Melanie was long-listed for the 2018 Bristol Prize and shortlisted for Poetic Republic’s Short Fiction Competition. Her work can be found in the following anthologies: Kissing Him Goodbye and Other Stories, and The Mechanics’ Institute Review issues 11 and 13. Melanie is currently working on a collection of semi-true short stories.

Sue Tyley is a freelance copy-editor and proofreader and is the managing editor of the printed anthology She is also the style and editing consultant for all Mechanics’ Institute Review publications.

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