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Workshop: Look Who's Talking: The Non-Human Narrator

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Who (or what) is telling the story? In this workshop with novelist & poet Katie Hale, we will explore ways of giving the non-human a voice.

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Every story is told by someone, whether that's a main character, a more minor character looking on from the side, or an all-knowing third-person narrator. But what about the more unusual narrators?

Many of us will probably be familiar with animal narrators (from Black Beauty to War Horse), and how this can give the story a different angle. But what about if we take the non-human narrator even further? How about a story told from the perspective of a city, or a land mine, or a supermarket trolley? What kind of stories can we tell then?

In this workshop, we will look at novels and short stories (and maybe even a poem or two) that play with narrative voice, and will explore the possibilities and challenges that non-human narrators open up, and how we can use this technique in our own writing.

Whether you’re a published novelist, or you just stash your scribblings in a shoebox under the bed, this 2-hour guided workshop will explore examples of characters from existing works of fiction, and follow them up with some writing ourselves, designed to create and enrich character.

I’ll also leave you with a take-home writing prompt, so you can keep on being inspired in your own time.

Who am I?

Katie Hale is an internationally recognised novelist & poet, with more than a decade’s experience of leading creative writing workshops.

Her novel, My Name is Monster, was shortlisted for the Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award, and has been translated into multiple languages. She is a former MacDowell Fellow and winner of the Munster Chapbook Prize. She has also featured on national television and radio, including programmes such as Radio 4’s Open Book and Front Row, and has created commissioned work for the National Trust, the Barbican Centre, and the BBC Contains Strong Language poetry festival.

She leads writing workshops for universities, arts organisations and schools. She also mentors emerging writers on a one-to-one basis.

Workshop cost: £20

(For each workshop, there are 2 free places available for those who would otherwise be unable to attend. Drop me a message if you'd like one of these places.)

Workshops run using Zoom & capped at 14 attendees, so it won't feel too crowded.

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