CLOSED Award-Winning One-day course: Writing as practice
About the course
Rest of the World : $124.90
2pm - 5pm GMT
A fun, practical workshop for writers who want to dive into free writing and see where it takes them. The concept of free writing has traditionally been seen as a technique in academic environments, yet it can also be used as a tool for creative exploration. While free writing often produces raw and even unusable material, it can help writers overcome writing blocks and build confidence by allowing them the freedom to practice text-production without judgement.
Participants will be asked to bring an object with them to the session. This will be used as a springboard for a piece of writing which will focus on place and on how we merge the personal with the political, the interior with the exterior. The day will consist of some free writing, exercises and discussions around creating character and plot, and the importance of point of view. Participants will be expected to write a short piece of prose, and the day will end with a workshop. No previous writing experience is necessary. But students must come armed with curiosity about the process of writing and a willingness to share their work.
How you will learn
Our team of editors, novelists and scriptwriters will provide a helping hand – making you a more confident writer.
Thanks to our status as a platform for discovering the best literary talent – having helped kick-start the careers of several literary writers to acclaim, such as Nikesh Shukla, Naomi Alderman, Peng Shepherd, Clare Wigfall, Stuart Evers, Inua Ellams and others on the Man Booker Prize longlists – we have far-reaching external networks that create opportunities for your work to get in front of editors, agents and publishers. You will learn through:
- Generating and pitching ideas
- Submissions best practices and feedback
- Live readings & performances
- Writing and sharing your work online
- Specialist workshops
- Live salons
Joanna Pocock is a British-Canadian writer currently living in London. Her work of creative non-fiction, Surrender , won the Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize in 2018 and was published in May 2019. Blending memoir with reportage, criticism with nature writing, Surrender explores the changing landscape of the American West, inspired by a two-year stay in Montana. It will be published in Canada in 2019 and in the U.S. in 2020. Her writing has appeared in Dazed & Confused, Granta Online, The London Sunday Independent, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Orion Magazine, Tank, 3:AM and the Dark Mountain online edition. She teaches Prose Fiction and Narrative