Masterclass: The Idea of Pace
One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.
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After eleven years directing our flagship Writing a Novel course, helping over a hundred students gain publication deals, Richard Skinner has developed our new series of ten masterclasses. Covering the essential elements of fiction in his fullest, most impactful workshops, this series is perfect if you’re looking to sharpen your skills, improve particular elements of your writing, or aren’t able to commit to one of our longer courses.
The pace in a novel is the current in the river – invisible to the eye but a force on the body. When people say a book is too long, they usually mean it is too slow. Using the seven-part structure of novels by Milan Kundera and Kazuo Ishiguro, we’ll look at not only getting the size of a story right, but the measure of it too.
Richard Skinner is a novelist, poet and critic. His most recent book, The Mirror, was described as ‘beautifully written . . . immersive . . . captivating’ by the Guardian. As Director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy, he created the flagship ‘Writing a Novel’ six-month course in 2009 and since then has helped hundreds of writers find their voice.
The course will take place on Zoom, using a mix of teaching and discussion time with practical exercises to get you writing.
Welcome and introductions
Pace = Mood
We will begin by looking at the idea that ‘pace = mood’, followed by looking at a series of examples in which writers slow down or speed up in order to create different effects within a narrative.
How much time do we spend telling stories? By looking closely at the structure of novels by Ishiguro and Kundera, we will see the deep connection between novels and symphonies.
Richard Skinner is a great teacher [...] After every one of his classes, I return to my writing feeling inspired.
The course was so accessible, fun and enjoyable.
Richard Skinner is a great teacher [...] After every one of his classes, I return to my writing feeling inspired
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