The classes take place every day from 10 a.m to 4 p.m (except for the last day).
Following introductions, the focus will be on tuning up our senses and observational skills, and translating these into words and pages which communicate fresh ideas succinctly and powerfully to a reader.
We will explore the creation on the page of characters, whether they are fictional, real, or indeed oneself, including the writing of effective dialogue. We will take our characters for a short walk.
How to structure a narrative? We will consider journeys, the treatment of time, the ‘shape’ of stories, the ‘voice’ in which a narrative is embodied, and the challenges of writing beginnings and endings.
On a day trip to the island of Aegna, through our own responses to the place in a series of structured activities, we will consolidate what we have learnt in the first three days towards a new piece of island-based writing.
‘The only kind of writing is rewriting’, Ernest Hemingway. Today we will embrace the need to craft and cut and re-see what we write in order to make it sing. Although this stage can seem an obstacle and is sometimes avoided, we will learn to relish the opportunity it brings.
Day 6 (10 a.m till 1 p.m)
This morning will concentrate on sharing and celebrating our writing and making commitments to develop further as writers in the future.