musings from writer Jane Ayres:
"If I'm not learning, I'm not living."
Sunday, 27 July 2014
Saturday Schools for Writers in Canterbury during Autumn 2014
There are some terrific Saturday
Schools for Writers as part of the community and adult education programme at Canterbury Christ Church University throughout the Autumn, which offer amazing
value and a range of fascinating topics.
On 11 October, writer April Doyle will
be offering another of her very popular day schools on Starting a Novel. If
you have a great idea for a novel or you’ve started to write one but you find
yourself stuck in a rut, this day school will explore developing characters, plot, structure, theme, atmosphere and imagery, using
examples from published authors. The focus is on generating ideas so that, by
the end of the day, you’ll have lots of material to take away with you for your
work in progress. Book early for this!
25 October offers the first in an
innovative series called Music for Writers 1: Love, War and Trains - poetry, verse drama and music. This Day School will be of interest to
creative writers and music enthusiasts, and anyone intrigued by the way that
words and music can be combined to create drama and emotion. The vivid and imaginative
use of language is explored and discussed using a variety of dramatic works
that include Samuel Beckett’s Words and Music, and atmospheric verse
dramas for radio that include Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas and the
extraordinary Love, War and Trains by celebrated author Ian McMillan.
Ways that writers, poets and composers work together will be studied and
Music for Writers 2: Emotion, Music
and Moving Image follows on November 22. How is music used to
express and convey emotion and atmosphere when combined with the medium of
film? What is the relationship between sound and image? Using case studies that
include films such as The Go-Between (Joseph Losey), Last Year
in Marienbad (Alain Resnais) and Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca and Psycho,
these issues will be explored and examined.
And my next Canterbury Saturday School
is The Business of Writing 1: Getting Publishedon November 1st,
which offers tips and advice on both being traditionally published and going down the independent route of publishing e-books via Amazon.
Marketing, selling, agents, publishers, blogging and social media are all
discussed, as well as the future for writers and publishers in a digital age.
I love teaching and sharing what I've
learned, and my last 2 day schools had great feedback so if you fancy
joining us (or know someone who might) do share. Thanks