Start to Write (Newcastle) Start to Write (Newcastle) Start to Write (Newcastle)

Start to Write (Newcastle)

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

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Starting out

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Location

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Newcastle

Length

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1-5 days
  • Start Date
  • Time
  • 10.00–16.00

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£80

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In a unique heritage venue in the centre of Newcastle, you’ll get the hands-on teaching you need to start writing, along with the company of fourteen fellow writers. You’ll be writing there and then, experimenting with structure and techniques and getting instant responses – plus tips on what to do next to start your writing life.

Schedule

This course takes place over a full Saturday in The Common Room at Neville Hall, Newcastle.

10.00–13.00

Creating ideas

The morning session will focus on the starting point of all fiction: ideas. Where do ideas for stories come from? Which novels have moved you the most profoundly? How can you use imitation and improvisation to create stories? There will be writing exercises to develop good practice, which will in turn help facilitate good ideas.

13.00–14.00

Lunch break

14.00–16.00

The bare bones of stories

The afternoon session will concentrate on how to tell a great story. Starting with the basic elements and building up the action layer by layer. You will use writing exercises to explore different narrative effects and leave with your own piece of flash fiction.

Sharing my writing helped me to discover things about myself. Maybe I do have a 'voice' and could write a book.

Student

Really invigorating and awakening.

Student

One of my best learning experiences ever!

Student

Sharing my writing helped me to discover things about myself. Maybe I do have a 'voice' and could write a book.

Tutors

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Richard Skinner

Richard Skinner is a novelist, poet and critic. His most recent book, The Mirror, was described as ‘beautifully written...

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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm not a total beginner and have some writing experience – can I still take this course?

Yes, that’s no problem at all – although the course is designed for beginners, it will still give you a boost of confidence and hopefully some inspiration if it’s been a while since you’ve tried fiction or you’re just feeling like you need a bit of re-energising and guidance.

I'd like to book this course for someone else, is that possible?

Absolutely! Book a place using your own details and then drop us a line at academy@faber.co.uk to let us know the name and email address of the person who’ll actually be attending.

The date I'm looking at is sold out. Can I be put on a waiting list?

Yes, this course is a popular one and does tend to book up pretty quickly! We’re happy to add you to our waiting list – email academy@faber.co.uk for that – but it’s a good idea to also book a future date you can also make to avoid missing out entirely.

Location

The Common Room

Neville Hall

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

About the Common Room

The Common Room is a new charity, formed to lead the restoration of Neville Hall in Newcastle. Their vision is to use their unique heritage to inspire the next generation of innovators and engineers. Through education and engagement activities, they will support the region’s future economic growth and provide a range of public spaces for innovation, collaboration, events, lectures, weddings and more.
 
We’re delighted to host our Newcastle courses in this historic venue.

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