FICTION SHORT COURSE

From first page to first draft

Monday September 28th - Thursday October 1st 2020

The Hurst

Have an idea for a novel but don’t quite know where to start? Bringing stories, characters and whole worlds to life can be exhilarating; our imagination sparks with the endless possibilities and with the thrill of creating something magical and truly ours. However, when faced with that opening blank page, enthusiasm can falter. This short taster course will help you make the initial leap. We’ll teach you how to sustain the reader’s interest, create believable characters, find your voice, and, perhaps most importantly, help you stay motivated to get to ‘the end’. We’ll cover the basics of writing a novel and provide you with inspirational activities to ease the process, as well as time to test out and develop your ideas. Whether you are a complete novice or a short story writer looking to take on something more ambitious, this course will provide you with practical tools and the self-belief to take those confident steps towards completing your first draft.

Single room price: £570

 

COURSE TUTORS

The Hurst front

The Hurst

The Hurst is a place you can write, far away from daily distractions. The house and gardens, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills, were the former home of playwright John Osborne.

THE COURSE AT A GLANCE

Writing course tutor delivering a workshop at Lumb Bank

Monday

Arrive at lunchtime, afternoon workshop, after dinner the tutors read from their own work.

one-to-one tutorial at Lumb Bank

Tuesday

Morning workshop, one to one tutorials and time to write in the afternoon, after dinner evening workshop or group session.

Course participants writing at the workshop table at The Hurst

Wednesday

Morning workshop, one to one tutorials and time to write in the afternoon, after dinner group celebratory readings.

Course participants eating at The Hurst

Thursday

Depart after breakfast with the group.

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