NAW 10-week Course 5 September - 7 November

Friday, 06 July 2012

Freeword Centre, London

Wednesdays: 6-8.30 p.m.

Cost: £890

Up to 12 writers may be selected for this course, and applications will be processed in the order they arrive.

Week 1: Introduction, demonstration of NAW Masterclass (public edit), submission rota, questions


Week 2
: 6-7 NAW Masterclass 7.15- 8.30 Workshop

NAW Masterclass - the NAW Masterclass is a public edit in which one writer receives detailed editorial feedback on a submission of up to 3000 words (and a written report to take away). The observing writers learn from the points made in the edit, as in a Conservatoire Masterclass for musicians. Two texts are master-classed at each session.

Workshop - Two texts of up to 3000 words will be work-shopped by the whole group. Rena Brannan will chair the workshop, which acts as a barometer of reader reaction to a new piece of writing. All writers will be sent the Masterclass texts and the workshop texts to read in advance.

Week 3: 6-7 NAW Masterclass 7.15- 8.30 Workshop


Week 4
: 6-7.15 Workshop Summary 7.30-8.30 NAW Patron Visit: Pete Salmon

Workshop Summary - NAW Director will address any points that recur in workshops and give a presentation followed by a discussion on that particular technical writing issue

NAW Patron Visit - NAW Patrons are working writers who visit the course and talk about their process - how they as individuals get the words on the page, day after day. Followed by an opportunity for NAW writers to ask questions in an informal setting.

Week 5: 6-7 NAW Masterclass 7.15- 8.30 Workshop

Week 6: 6-7 NAW Masterclass 7.15- 8.30 Workshop


Week 7
: 6-7.15 Workshop Summary 7.30-8.30 NAW Patron Visit: Stella Duffy

Week 8: 6-7 NAW Masterclass 7.15- 8.30 Workshop

Week 9: 6-7 NAW Masterclass 7.15- 8.30 Workshop

Week 10: (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday) 1-9pm (to suit individual preferences)

1-to-1 Each NAW writer will have a scheduled one-hour 1-to-1 with the NAW Director for an overview of their work as submitted to the course over the ten weeks.


Course Co-ordinator Rena Brannan welcomes enquiries about this course.

Applications: Writers can apply by sending between 1000 and 3000 words of narrative prose (fiction or non-fiction) to rena@thenationalacademyofwriting.org.uk

We will acknowledge receipt of all applications, and process them in the order they arrive. The maximum number of writers admitted to this course is twelve.

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