Advanced Writing Workshops 2019 – 2020

Programme length

One year in monthly sessions

Dates
12 October 2019 – 18 July 2020 (please select one of the following groups)

Dates:

Saturdays 10am to 1pm at The Writers’ Place, Brighton

Dates: Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 7, 11 Jan, Feb 8, Mar 14, Apr 18, May 16, Jun 13, Jul 11

Tutor: Hannah Vincent

Saturdays 10am to 1pm at The Writers’ Place, Brighton

Dates: Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 14, Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 21, Apr 25, May 23, Jun 20, Jul 18

Tutor: Laura Wilkinson

Venue
The Writers’ Place, 9 Jew Street, Brighton BN1 1UT

Entry requirements
Alumni of the Creative Writing Programme, or writers who have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study in creative writing, or have had fiction published, or can show evidence that they have work in progress and that they are capable of working at this level.Writers will need to submit a 2000-word extract from work in progress (with a short synopsis where necessary), along with a covering letter that identifies relevant experience of working in writing groups, lists any publications and offers a brief outline of their writing project.

Programme Director: Dr Mark Slater

Course tutors: Hannah Vincent, Laura Wilkinson

Fee: £400 per annum (fees can be paid in full or in instalments over the year)

 

 

The Creative Writing Programme in collaboration with New Writing South

Course Overview

In 2012, after establishing itself as one of the leading creative writing programmes in the South East, The Creative Writing Programme moved out of the University of Sussex and into The Writers’ Place in Brighton. We now offer a range of courses alongside the Creative Writing Programme; these include Autobiography/Memoir and Poetry courses as well as our popular monthly Advanced Writing groups in Creative Writing and Poetry.

The Advanced Writing Workshops grew out of a request by writers who had finished the two-year Creative Writing Programme for a high-level course run by one of our experienced writing tutors where they could continue to develop their writing skills, share and discuss work in progress and offer each other support and encouragement. After the success of the first year of the AWW we widened its scope to include writers from graduate and postgraduate programmes as well as writers from the local community who are published or writing with the intention of being published.

The aim of this course is to provide a forum for writers who are committed to finishing novels, life writing projects or collections of short stories and who are looking for a critical and supportive audience for their work in progress. It also acts as a place where writers can meet regularly to discuss the creative process, share their enthusiasm for literature, swap information on publishing and inspire and energise each other.

We are working closely with New Writing South to build a strong regional writing community and you will find The Writers’ Room an important hub, connecting you to events, lectures, competitions, courses in professional development and other literature related activities in the South East.

If you wish to join one of our Advanced Writing Workshops you must be working on or be about to start a long-term project, either a novel or a collection of short stories. You will need to have a clear grasp of essential writing skills, be able to articulate and discuss the writing process and meet deadlines set by the group. You will also need good critical and editing skills and time to read and prepare for the monthly session as you will be expected to participate in workshops in which your work and the work of other writers in the group is critically and constructively discussed.

Every month your group will meet to workshop work in progress and discuss and explore aspects of writing technique. The three-hour session will consist of group workshops, with three members submitting 5,000 words for constructive feedback each month, along with discussion and practical exercises, suggested by your tutor, on aspects of technique that have emerged during the workshopping process. The focus of the workshops will be on critiquing and discussing work in progress, particularly on the coherence and integrity of plot, structure, and characterisation. As well as the opportunity to workshop longer pieces of work you will also have the opportunity to submit three extracts of 2,000 words of work in progress directly to your tutor for feedback and guidance. You will be encouraged to be supportive and critical readers of each other’s work. Between meetings, you will be able to share work, information about events and books and raise questions about writing technique with other writers in the group through the interactive webpage for the course on the Creative Writing Programme website.

Please select one of the following groups:

Dates:

Saturdays 10am to 1pm at The Writers’ Place, Brighton

Dates: Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 7, 11 Jan, Feb 8, Mar 14, Apr 18, May 16, Jun 13, Jul 11

Tutor: Hannah Vincent

Saturdays 10am to 1pm at The Writers’ Place, Brighton

Dates: Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 14, Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 21, Apr 25, May 23, Jun 20, Jul 18

Tutor: Laura Wilkinson

Entry requirements

Alumni of Creative Writing Programme, or writers who have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study in creative writing, or have had fiction published, or can show evidence that they have work in progress and that they are capable of working at this level. Writers will need to submit a 2000-word extract from work in progress (with a short synopsis where necessary), along with a covering letter that identifies relevant experience of working in writing groups, lists any publications and offers a brief outline of their writing project.

This information should be emailed or sent to the Programme Director
Please put Application for Advanced Writing Workshop in the subject line of your email.

Location: The Writers' Place, Jew Street, Brighton, UK

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Information

Date/Time:
12 October 2019 - 18 July 2020

Price:
£400 per annum

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