NAW's 'Creative Writing Course in an Evening'

Monday, 28 January 2013

Tuesday 12 March 2013, 6-8pm at the Freeword Centre, London

The 'Creative Writing Course in an Evening' is a two-hour NAW event that offers insights into the skills needed to write and re-write effective texts. 

The first hour is the unique NAW Masterclass with NAW Director Richard Beard. The NAW Masterclass is an innovative public edit that answers the need to learn about craft in the most direct possible way, by looking closely at a specific piece of writing. 

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 the two texts distributed to the other participants in advance (9 March). Richard Beard, novelist and non-fiction writer, will then make a public edit of these texts - the NAW Masterclass works on the Conservatoire principle that all writers face similar problems. An edit for one is an edit for all. 

Each edit takes about 15 to 20 minutes, and the writers of the texts have a right of reply. The writers and audience receive a copy of the detailed Masterclass edit to take away.

The second hour: award-winning novelist and short-story writer Keith Ridgway will talk about his process as a writer. This is a a chance to hear established 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, and each writer approaches this talk in a different way. 

Keith will also give a short reading and there will be plenty of time for questions.  

The event will take place from 6-8 pm at the Freeword Centre in London. There are 25 spaces at this NAW 'Creative Writing Course in an Evening', and the places will go to the first 25 to apply.

Tickets £20, Concessions £15, NAW Members free.
Freeword Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA

After booking, please send Masterclass submissions to: richard@thenationalacademyofwriting.org.uk

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