San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Everyone feels they have a novel in them. Only a few ever seriously begin to write it. Fewer still finish it. If you are lucky enough to have a work-in-progress – a novel or a short story – but feel you don't know how to get to the end, this course with Booker-shortlisted novelist Romesh Gunesekera will inspire and help you.
This is a course for aspiring fiction writers who have a work-in-progress and need sustenance and guidance to complete it. Writing should be enjoyable. This weekend will help you discover what you need to make it so, and reach the end of your story.
There will be a series workshops covering a range of writing exercises and discussions on:
- beginnings and ends
- sources of inspiration
- research & planning
- dialogue, voice, point of view
- editing and rewriting
- obstacles & solutions
In addition there will be some overnight reading and writing and an opportunity to get feedback on a 1200 word sample of your work-in-progress, which should be submitted one-week before the course commences.
Romesh Gunesekera’s first novel Reef was shortlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize and the Guardian Fiction Prize. It was the January choice of the BBC World Book Club this year. He is also the author of The Sandglass, (BBC Asia Award) and Heaven’s Edge, which like his collection of stories, Monkfish Moon, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His fourth novel The Match, published in 2006, was described as a book that ‘shows why fiction is written—and read’. He has also been a judge for a number of prestigious literary prizes including the David Cohen British Literature Prize, the Caine Prize for African writing and this year, Granta's 2013 list of the Best of Young British Novelists.
He has run highly acclaimed writing workshops around the world and has been tutoring for the Arvon Foundation for the last twenty years. He has also taught on the graduate writing programme at Goldsmiths College and other universities and is a mentor on the Gold Dust scheme. This year he will co-tutoring UEA's first Creative Writing workshop in India.
His seventh book of fiction, The Prisoner of Paradise, is just out in paperback from Bloomsbury.
Dates: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April 2013
Location: The Guardian, 90 York Way, London, N1 9GU
Price: £400 (including VAT, booking fees, lunch and refreshments)
Maximum class size: 15
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