Writing The Body
We’re pleased to offer a summer masterclass with award-winning and Women’s Prize for Fiction Futures shortlisted novelist, Jessica Andrews. This two-week intensive workshop will walk students through writing the body. How can we render things we experience physically in language? Students will learn how to develop sensory writing and how to articulate the body through language, form, structure, and themes.
About the course
U.K: 125 GBP
United States : 185 USD
December 4th, 2022
December 11th, 2022
**All sessions will take place at 16:00PM Greenwich Mean Time and run for two hours until 18:00PM GMT
2 weeks - December 4th & 11th, 2022
In this course, students will learn how to develop sensory writing and how to articulate the body through language, form, structure, and themes. They will no longer dread those most difficult scenes to write— be it about the body, sex, food, or shame. They will walk away from the course with a piece of work that expertly deals with the body in all its forms. Our goal is for students to come out of the masterclass with a piece of work in their chosen medium that they feel confident sharing.
How can we use words to articulate those experiences and feelings that often, well, feel impossible to describe? Whether you’re starting with a blank page, or are in progress on a piece of work, this course will help equip you with tools and techniques to write those seemingly ‘out of body’ moments in an engaging and beautiful way. From Natalie Diaz to Eimear McBride, Ocean Vuong, and Garth Greenwell, students will look at some of Jessica’s favourite model material to help them with their practice. Through a combination of exercises, suggested reading, workshops, and one-on-one feedback from Jessica, this course will make those scenes that seem impossible to write feel much more possible.
Jessica’s second novel, Milk Teeth interrogates wanting, denial, food and shame and will be published in July 2022. It deals with plenty of the themes she will discuss on the masterclass— what better time to sign up and learn from a true pathfinder on the literary scene right now?
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
Jessica writes fiction. Her debut novel, Saltwater was published by Sceptre in 2019 and won the Portico Prize in 2020. It explores mother-daughter relationships and shifting class identity in relation to place and the body. Her second novel, Milk Teeth interrogates wanting, denial, food and shame and will be published in July 2022. She writes for the Guardian, the Independent, BBC Radio 4, Stylist and ELLE magazine, among others. She was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction Futures in 2022 and nominated for the ELLE list in 2020. She co-runs literary and arts magazine, The Grapevine and co-presents literary podcast, Tender Buttons. She teaches Creative Writing at Roehampton University.