Writing Masterclasses

On the last Sunday of the month (excepting August and December) we run
Writing Masterclasses at the Writing Room, each of which will go in-depth into a different area of writing. The Masterclasses are designed to stand alone, but will also work very well alongside our writing courses. Many of the Masterclasses are run in partnership with
Ambit magazine, and will be lead by Ambit editors.

The cost is £50 for the day, which includes tea/coffee/refreshments. The timings are 10.45am to 4pm with a break for lunch from 1-2pm.

CHARACTER AND POINT-OF-VIEW MASTERCLASS WITH NOVELIST and AMBIT CORRESPONDING EDITOR HELEN GORDON


Sunday 29th April
10.45am-4pm, £50, Writing Room

Workshop practitioner: Helen Gordon

Creating compelling characters and choosing the point-of-view from which to tell their story are two of fiction writing’s most fundamental challenges. This masterclass will explore some techniques for creating believable three-dimensional characters, and will engage with the questions of point-of-view: first person or third person? One point-of-view or several? Showing or telling? In a supportive, relaxed environment, using discussion and practical exercises, this session will explore the advantages and limitations of various approaches, and offer some creative inspiration for both practising writers and beginners.

 

IS PARADISE LOST? POETRY MASTERCLASS WITH POET AND DRAMATIST JEHANE MARKHAM


Sunday 27th May
10.45am-4pm, £50, Writing Room

Workshop practitioner: Jehane Markham

We will try and find answers to this question by asking questions of ourselves.  Our childhood is the storehouse of our creativity and I will help you to raid the larder of your unconscious by creating an unforced, congenial atmosphere in which to work. Louise Gluck wrote: “We see things once, in childhood, the rest is memory.” We will explore this idea with writing exercises, discussion and readings of relevant and provoking poems.

 

HOW TO POLISH AND PROMOTE YOUR NOVEL, MASTERCLASS WITH NOVELIST/MEMOIR WRITER ALBA ARIKHA


Sunday 22nd July
10.45am-4pm, £50, Writing Room

Workshop practitioner: Alba Arikha

You’re drafting your novel, but when should that process end? This masterclass will look at how we know when a final draft really is final. Looking at passages from your work, we will discuss how to make those first three chapters water-tight for presentation to an agent. You will gain the skills to write the perfect synopsis to help your submission stand out from the rest. We will discuss agents and editors, and how to find the right fit, as well as how to handle rejections and what the options are if that keeps happening. At the end of the class you should have a better understanding of what it takes to get your novel into print, but also a clearer idea of what a literary life is about – and therefore what to expect from it.

 

Masterclasses are scheduled for the following dates. Please check back for updates on tutors and subjects or sign up to our mailing list by emailing kate@collage-arts.org to be sent regular updates.
June 24: Nadifa Mohamed, title TBA

Sept 30: TBA

Oct 28: TBA

Nov 25: TBA

Jan 27: TBA

Feb 24: TBA

March 31: TBA