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EXPERT FEEDBACK, PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE...
Returning in February 2014!NAW's monthly event offers insights into the skills needed to write and re-write effective texts. The two-hour event condenses the technical expertise shareable between writers, and is a practical approach to writing focused on improvement rather than academic requirements.
The first hour is the unique NAW Public Edit with NAW Director Richard Beard. Anyone attending may submit a text of up to 2000 words, in any genre of fiction or non-fiction. Two texts will be chosen at random, the writers notified, and their work distributed to the other participants in advance. The NAW Public Edit answers the need to learn about craft in the most direct possible way, by looking closely at a specific piece of writing. For the audience, the Public Edit follows the Conservatoire principle that all writers face similar problems. An edit for one is an edit for all.
The second hour is a a chance to hear published writers take the 'pen or word-processor?' question seriously. How do writers get the work done? What does it take to get the words on the page? NAW works on the basis that every writer is best qualified to talk about themselves,Tickets £25, Concessions £20, NAW Members free.
and each writer approaches this talk in a different way, but there wll always be plenty of time for questions.
Writers who have recently spoken about their process for NAW include Keith Ridgway, Elziabeth Buchan, Minette Walters, Kevin Barry, Frances Fyfield, Iain Banks, Jennie Rooney, Jess Richards, Linda Grant, Jojo Moyes, Simon Brett, Jane Harris, David Almond and Alison Moore.
The line-up for 2014 will be announced imminently. The schedule of dates is here.
The NAW Creative Writing Course in an Evening event takes place from 6-8 pm at the Freeword Centre in London. There are 25 spaces available for each NAW 'Creative Writing Course in an Evening', and the places will go to the first 25 to apply. The box office for each event opens one month in advance.
Freeword Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA
Freeword Centre, London
9 October - 11 December 2013
Wednesdays: 6.00 - 8.30 p.m.
The new NAW ten-week course will run from 9 October until 11 December 2013.Six writers will be selected for this course, and applications can be made by sending 3000 words of narrative prose (fiction or non-fiction) to NAW Director Richard Beard by the deadline of midnight 25 September 2013. Places will be allocated to the six successful writers on 27 September 2013.
This course is suitable for writers who have early drafts of novels, novel chapters or stories that they wish to improve through detailed attention to the text. During the course the six writers will benefit from the precise editorial feedback generated by the NAW Masterclass, as well as a collective reader response from the Creative Writing workshop.
The NAW Masterclass
Twice over the ten weeks of the course each writer will submit a text of up to 2000 words. This text will be read in advance by the writers on the course and then publicly edited by NAW Director Richard Beard. The NAW Masterclass works on the Conservatoire principle that all writers face similar challenges, and an edit for one is an edit for all. All writers receive a copy of the detailed Masterclass edit to take away.
The NAW Workshop
The NAW workshop is an opportunity to try out extracts of work (up to 3000 words) that may feel less finished than those submitted to the Masterclass. The workshop acts as a community of writers, an attentive readership committed to expressing a considered critical opinion. The NAW workshop will improve reading and analytical skills as well as benefitting the writer.
All writers will be sent the workshop texts to read in advance, and the objective of the workshop is always to improve the end result – the writing. There will be no reading out loud of texts.
ClassworkThe course includes an introductory class, in which Richard Beard will discuss the technical ingredients that go into making a succesful narrative. During the course there will be two further classes that offer guidelines on how to exploit structure for narrative effect, and on strategies for editing.
The Writing IndustryThe course will be visited by an editor from a major publishing house and a literary agent. The visiting speakers on this course are Francesca Main, Editorial Director at Picador, and Nicola Barr from Greene and Heaton. There will be plenty of time for questions.
MentoringThe tenth week of the course is a one-hour 1-to-1 with the NAW Director for a personalised overview of the work submitted to the course, and a look ahead to what happens next.
NAW 10-Week Course TimetableThe course consists of nine 2.5 hour evening sessions, which will take place on Wednesdays from 6.00-8.30pm at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon Road, London.
Wednesday 9 October Week One: 6-8.30pm Introduction, Submission rota, Class: The Ingredients of Narrative Writing
Wednesday 16 October - Week Two: 6-7pm NAW Masterclass; 7.15- 8.30pm Workshop
Wednesday 23 October - Week Three: 6-7pm NAW Masterclass; 7.15- 8.30pm Workshop
Wednesday 30 October - Week Four: 6-7.15pm Class: Structure; 7.30-8.30pm Publisher Visit
Wednesday 6 November - Week Five: 6-7pm NAW Masterclass; 7.15- 8.30pm Workshop
Wednesday 13 November - Week Six: 6-7pm NAW Masterclass; 7.15- 8.30pm Workshop
Wednesday 20 November - Week Seven: 6-7.15pm Class: Editing; 7.30-8.30pm Agent Visit
Wednesday 27 November - Week Eight: 6-7pm NAW Masterclass; 7.15- 8.30pm Workshop
Wednesday 4 December - Week Nine: 6-7pm NAW Masterclass; 7.15- 8.30pm Workshop
Wednesday 11 December - Week Ten: Mentoring (times to be arranged to suit each writer)
NAW will acknowledge receipt of all applications, and successful writers will be notified on Friday 27 September.
There are 6 places on this course.
The course costs £1200, payable in full by Friday 4th October, or in two equal instalments (on or before Friday 4th October, and on or before Friday 8th November).
Previous NAW WritersChristine Breen Williams, author of Her Name is Rose (St Martins Press, New York 2015): “The course works as a whole entity. Having the visit breaks every 3 weeks is one of the many design aspects that I think works perfectly.”
Nicola Gault: “I've really enjoyed the course - have learnt so much.”
Ziggy Evitts: “... lots of helpful stuff about language and character etc, with a level of insight and precision that is bloody breathtaking.”
Press on NAW Masterclass:‘Impressive ... precise, intelligent and unarguable.' Leo Benedictus, Prospect magazine
‘After my initial shock, I felt pathetically grateful.’ Nigel Farndale, Sunday Telegraph
NAW Honorary President Ion Trewin, Literary Director of the Man Booker Prizes:'Richard’s declared intention for the course is to attract writers whose work is better than promising, but not yet good enough to find a publisher. With publishers cutting back on editors rather than acquirers the course is timely. It is Richard’s avowed wish that his students will learn from his teaching, that the quality of what they are writing will improve, that agents and publishers will queue up for their work.'
September to December 2013NAW has successfully completed an inaugural collaboration with Pembroke College, Cambridge on a Creative Writing Summer School. Visiting speakers included Deborah Moggach, Ion Trewin, Sophie Hannah and Sir Michael Holroyd. Professor Fiona Sampson called the course 'a terrifically-rich, layered experience for the participants: much more complex and varied than the usual.' It was a pleasure to work with such responsive writers in such a beautiful location. The Academy is looking forward to staging a similar summer programme in Cambridge during July and August 2014.
The 'Creative Writing Course in an Evening' events will resume at the Free Word Centre in September. For those missing the excitement of a monthly NAW Public Edit, the photo above links to a set of six One-Page Masterclasses newly assembled on theNAWchannel on youTube. The texts for each First Page edit can be found by typing First Page in Search Articles on this site.
There will be a one-off NAW 10-week course running from the second week of October through until December. The course will accept a maximum of 6 writers - each writer will have their work Masterclassed (the unique NAW Public Edit) twice. The course will also feature craft seminars, viisiting industry experts and a concluding 1-to-1 mentoring session.
For those in or near Bristol come November, NAW will be making a third consecutive appearance at the Bristol Festival of Literature. NAW Director Richard Beard will moderate a panel on Characterisation featuring novelists Sanjida O'Connell and Patricia Ferguson. For all writers interested in honing their skills there will be a demonstration NAW Public Edit and Man Booker shortlisted Alison Moore will discuss her habits and tricks as a novelist.
Wednesday 17 July 2013, 6-8pm at the Freeword Centre, LondonThroughout 2013, NAW is offering a monthly 'Creative Writing Course in an Evening'. This is a two-hour event that condenses the technical expertise shareable between writers. It is a practical approach to Creative Writing that is about being useful rather than satisfying academic requirements.
The first hour is the unique NAW Masterclass with NAW Director Richard Beard. Everyone who attends the event can submit a text of up to 2000 words, and two of these texts will be chosen at random for a public edit.
In July, the short-story writer and novelist Stuart Evers will then talk about his process as a writer. Stuart's short-story collection Ten Stories about Smoking (2011) won the London Book Award and his first novel If This is Home was published by Picador in 2012. Stuart will be talking about how he writes his books - how he gets the words on the page - and there will be plenty of time for questions at the end.
The event takes place from 6-8 pm at the Freeword Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA.
Numbers are limited to 25, but the Creative Writing Course in an Evening is suitable for writers of all levels.
Tickets £20, Concessions £15, NAW Members free.
Places will be allocated to the first 25 writers to book.
After booking, please send Masterclass submissions (optional) by midnight on Friday 12 July to: email@example.com
The Summer Programme combines the most effective features of National Academy of Writing and Cambridge teaching. The course will be led by the National Academy of Writing’s Director Richard Beard and by Fiona Sampson, and is above all about the practice and techniques of writing.
The plenary lectures: Sir Michael Holroyd on biography and narrative non-fiction, Deborah Moggach on structure in screenplays and novels, Ion Trewin on literary and popular fiction, Sophie Hannah on creating suspense, Richard Beard on editing and Fiona Sampson on poetic effects.
Supervisions are at the heart of Cambridge University teaching and learning. Small groups of students meet with an expert in the field – the supervisor – to review and progress their work. Throughout the three-week period writing students will submit pieces of writing and the supervisor will facilitate a constructive discussion of the work.
The supervisors are practicing writers: Kerry Hudson, Nicholas Hogg, Pete Salmon and Francesca Brill.
Full details of the course can be found at the Pembroke College website.