Masterclass: Historical Fiction
Zoom Masterclass with Katherine Clements
Writing a novel is a marathon, not a sprint. But when stamina falters and exhaustion begins to set in: how can you persevere? How can writers find the motivation and inspiration to take their work over the finish line?
This week is for anyone who wants to fall back in love with their manuscript, whether you are at the early stages of your project or an experienced writer with a completed first draft.
Using a combination of creative exercises, in-depth workshops and one-to-one tutorials, Claire Fuller and Jarred McGinnis will show you ways to revitalise your current work and push forward. They’ll discuss techniques to address fundamental issues you might be having with your work-in-progress: beginnings, character, plot, dialogue, setting, and endings.
You’ll explore fun and unique approaches to maintain your enthusiasm and reinvigorate the creative energy even after the hundredth read through. Tutors will also take you through the work that remains to be done even after you have a finished manuscript. You’ll leave fired up and armed with a box of tools to help you keep going long after the course is over.
You are invited to submit up to 1000 words of your writing for the tutors to read in advance of your tutorials. If you wish you can send two different pieces, one for each tutor. Please specify which tutor should reach which piece. Please send this work to email@example.com no later than 17:00 on 23 September.
Claire Fuller’s latest novel, Unsettled Ground, won the Costa Novel Award 2021 and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize…
Jarred McGinnis was chosen as one of the UK’s ten best emerging writers. His debut novel The Coward was…
Tice Cin is an interdisciplinary artist from north London. Her work has been published in Extra Teeth and …
Single room: £880
As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, we offer limited concessionary places at a 30% reduction. You can select this option at checkout if available.
Physical Access at The Hurst:
The Hurst is the only house that is fully accessible to wheelchair users. There is access to every room via a lift. All communal spaces, including workshop spaces, have level access. There are no steps on the ground floor. All door frames measure the required 825mm, although the fire doors installed reduce this width slightly. All door handles are at an accessible height, with power sockets located at 500mm from the floor. There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor.
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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 19th century building has been given a thoroughly 21st century renovation. All 16 bedrooms have a single bed, en-suite bathroom and are lift accessible. There’s plenty of space to relax and write throughout the house, including the main workshop room with a library.
All your meals are provided, locally and sustainably sourced wherever possible. Help yourself to breakfast, our team will prepare lunch, and dinner is prepared in groups each evening using the delicious recipes and ingredients provided.
The grounds boast redwoods, wild orchids, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The house sits within 26 acres of woodland, with a spring-fed lake and inspiring walks.
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Arrive in the afternoon, settle in, enjoy dinner and the tutors’ introduction to the week in the evening.
Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. Tutors read from their work in the evening.
Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. In the evening a guest speaker joins the group.
Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. You are free to spend this evening as you wish.
Tutors lead the final workshops in the morning. In the evening everyone gets together to share and celebrate their work.
The week comes to a close after breakfast, departures by 10am. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.
Zoom Masterclass with Katherine Clements
Igniting Your Writing
Q&A and Reading
Zoom Masterclass with Emma Carroll
Zoom Masterclass with Monique Roffey
Tearing up the map
Zoom masterclass with Jude Rogers
Fine-tuning your prose project