The classes take place every day from 10 a.m to 4 p.m (except for the last day).
Monday 20th July
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.
Tuesday 21st July
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.
Wednesday 22nd July
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.
Thursday 23rd July
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.
Friday 24th July
‘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.
Saturday 25th July (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.