Sunday, 20 March 2011

Workshops like busses

None for years, then loads come along at once. The Guardian is jumping on the wagon lead by the MAs and MFAs, followed by Faber and I don't know who else and running their own creative writing masterclasses.

It could be quite good but, if I were them, I'd make it selective. There's nothing more frustrating than being way ahead or way behind the rest of the class.

This course may already be filled, of course. 

When will the Irish Times jump on board?
"All pens are filled with potential"

Sarah Hall and Adam Foulds and Hanif Kureishi.

An amazing opportunity to improve your creative writing skills with three of the finest writers in the land

Dates: 9-10 April 2011

Location: Kings Place, London N1

Course price: £400.00 (inclusive of VAT)

Maximum number of places: 30

This intensive two-day course, led by Adam Foulds and Sarah Hall, and with a guest appearance by Hanif Kureishi, is offered to writers interested in short and long fiction. Hosted at the Guardian offices, the atmosphere will be one of shared enthusiasm, commitment and utmost encouragement. The programme will take the form of workshops, both fun and formal, which combine exercises designed to inspire and generate work, with discussions about technique and editing skills.

Strong fiction must eliminate weaker writing, but few, if any, writers produce the perfect first draft. What does the process involve and how can imperfect text be improved upon without losing its original energy?

How does the relationship between a writer's intuition or free expression, and the materialisation of character and subject matter, really work? Why does style and perspective matter? What makes for naturalistic dialogue and a realistic landscape? Can the trajectory of a story be planned or might it be 'found' retrospectively after the first draft is finished, then marshalled in the next stages? What do readers enjoy reading and is the writer obliged to take this into account while writing?

Three of the country's finest writers will offer their expert guidance in exploring these fundamental questions. Writers at all stages are welcome.

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