Write Away Residential Courses – Summer 2006


The Arts Training Central programme of Write Away runs each summer and helps writers of all levels find routes to publication and success.

Courses run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon and take place in the attractive surroundings of the University of Leicester. Each course offers you the opportunity to get away from distractions and benefit from workshops, surgeries and individual writing time within a small and informal group.

Accommodation is within close proximity to the Harold Martin Botanical Gardens, a quiet haven of 16 acres. The venue provides en-suite single rooms and full catering for all participants.

All courses are led by expert and approachable tutors, all published writers in their fields.

Fri 21 – Sun 23 July, 2006
Losing the plot…and other problems of novel writing
Whether your material is crime, thriller or romance, mystery or history, all novelists have certain issues in common and this course will address them. Our experienced and approachable tutors will help you to work on an Existing novel and get past those frustrating obstacles to progress, or start on the book you¹ve always wanted to write.

You may be wanting to flesh out a complex character, or wondering how to tackle an important element of the plot. Perhaps you need tips on writing dialogue, editing your work or keeping the pace going.

Using a mixture of workshops, exercises and one-on-one surgeries you will work through common challenges such as character development, sustaining a plot and creating a credible setting for your story. Please bring work in progress, to share in group sessions and discuss with the tutors.

The tutors for this weekend are two highly successful Midlands-based novelists.
Rod Duncan is author of the fast paced contemporary thriller trilogy Backlash, Breakbeat and Burnout.

Clare Littleford¹s psychological crime novels are Beholden and Death Duty – ‘one of the most subtly disturbing novels I’ve read’ said one reviewer. She is now published by Simon & Schuster and is contemplating her fifth novel.

Rod and Clare have previously worked together on the acclaimed Hazard Warning writers’ tour, bringing an innovative series of monologues to a wider audience.

Fri 28 – Sun 30 July, 2006
Writing for Magazines
Ideas that work, ideas that pay Newsagents’ shelves are groaning under the weight of many specialist or general interest magazines. Add to those a big and slightly hidden area of subscription and free mags, and the trade press, and you have a wide and interesting market place, with many opportunities for publication and a rare chance to make money from writing.

This course will help those new to magazine writing, as well as established writers looking for hints and tips.

Join us for a lively weekend of workshops and sessions covering writing from life, matching the right story to the right publication and getting your message across in a succinct and appealing way for the magazine reader. Please bring along a few magazines to share and swap with others on the course.

Freelance journalist, travel and feature writer Val Moore writes on a very wide range of subjects and has appeared in scores of publications. Val manages the long-established writing school at Leicester Adult Education College, where writing has been professionally taught since the 1950s.

She makes a welcome return to Write Away, as does fellow tutor Cari Crook: writer, editor and for many years partner in Midland Exposure, a magazine story agency.

Fri 18 – Sun 20 August, 2006
Whose line is it anyway?
Playing with form and structure in poetry
“A poem is a small machine made of words” according to one writer, and this course aims to get you looking under the bonnet. Modern poetry may draw on strong traditions of rhythm, rhyme and form – but to the untrained eye it can look like prose chopped into lines.

Whether you’re an experienced poet wanting to explore forms and structures that suit your material, or a new one wanting to know more about ‘the rules’, join us for this friendly and welcoming weekend.

In workshops, tutorials and one on one sessions, you will play with different forms, look at examples of how others have used them and discover how to use structure without overdoing it.

Examine your existing work, generate some new poems too and spend an enjoyable weekend exploring the hidden templates of poetry in the 21st Century.
Chris Jones, winner of a prestigious Eric Gregory award, is published by Smith Doorstop Press (Hard on the Knuckle, 2003) and manager of the 2006 Southwell Poetry Festival. His latest published work is a pamphlet of poems following the course of the river Don in Sheffield.

Roz Goddard is a former Birmingham Poet Laureate and Ledbury Poetry Festival performer. She teaches poetry on Birmingham University’s highly-regarded Creative Writing MA course. Roz’s collection How to Dismantle a Hotel Room appears in October 2006.

Fri 15-Sun 17 September, 2006
Are we there yet?
Giving your writing a sense of place
Think about your favourite novel, story or poem. It’s very likely that a sense of place is key to its success. Whether you are setting a novel in the backstreets of Birmingham or a poem in the landscape of the Peak District, a spirit of place and the atmosphere which fits it are vital to give background and depth.

How can you use place discreetly to give your writing a strong identity? Would your piece be different if you changed its environment? How can you use physical description to heighten a sense of fear, anticipation or serenity?

Covering a wide range of subjects but always drawing widely on the theme of place, the tutors will encourage you to write new work based on your own environment – and to use place to maximum effect in work in progress.

A mixture of one on one tutorials, workshop sessions and readings will help you to get the best out of place in your own writing.

For this course we are joined by eminent poet Robert Minhinnick, whose work often draws strongly on place. Robert is editor of Poetry Wales. His last collection was After the Hurricane, and his recent collection of essays is To Babel and Back.

There will also be an experienced prose tutor, whose name has yet to be confirmed as we go to press, but trust us – they will be well placed to help you with your novel or short story style.

With funding from Arts Council England, East Midlands the subsidised cost of each weekend course, starting Friday and ending Sunday, is £145.

A limited number of access bursaries are available.

The Arts Training Central programme of Write Away is funded by Arts Council England, East Midlands with support from the Literature Development Network.

For further details or to reserve your place please contact:
Arts Training Central,
Tel: 0116 2425202,
Email:sapna@artstrainingcentral.co.uk.

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