Fiction Masterclass

27 Sep - 28 Sep 2014

Programme: ‘How do we write animals into fiction?

Dates: Sat 27th and Sun 28th Sept 2014

Times: 10am – 5pm

Venue: ZSL London Zoo

Price: £200

Book by phone: 0844 225 1826 - Mon to Sun (8.30am-5.30pm)


About this course:

How do we write animals into fiction? Do we give them characters? Or are they wild and incompressible, to be described rather than invested with personality? How can we write about them in a way that is fresh and inspiring? 

This course is for anyone who wants to develop their writing skills while thinking and learning about animals, the environment and conservation issues.

This intense weekend course will compromise of an introductory talk with the course tutors and an encounter day in the Zoo on Saturday 27 Sept, with an opportunity to speak with keepers and time to take notes.

Through a mixture of exercises, examples from published work, this course is an opportunity to develop your prose writing with two of the UK’s leading writing writers and tutors. Participants will be encouraged to develop and share their work.

Writers of poetry, prose and non-fiction are all welcome. The cost of the course includes two entries to ZSL London Zoo, the creative writing workshops and access to the Zoological Society of London Library*.

All students completing this course will receive a signed certificate.

*ZSL Library is open Mon to Fri from 9.30am to 5.30pm. You are advised to join the library before the course commences. Membership is free. For details on how to join please visit: ZSL Library 

Tutor Profiles:

Julia Bell is a writer and Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck College, London where she teaches on the Creative Writing MA and is Project Director of the Writers Hub website. She is the author of three novels, the co-editor of the Creative Writing Coursebook as well as three volumes of short stories, most recently The Sea In Birmingham. She also takes photographs, writes poetry, short stories, occasional essays and journalism, and is the co-curator of spoken word night In Yer Ear.

Niall Griffiths is a writer and Professor of Creative Writing at Wolverhampton. He is the author of 8 novels, 3 pieces of travel writing and numerous pieces for The Guardian. The film adaptation of his 2002 novel, Kelly + Victor, is currently on international release following a successful screening at the London Film Festival, and the screenplay recently won a BAFTA. His latest novel, A Great Big Shining Star is published by Jonathan Cape. He lives near Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast.

Book by phone: 0844 225 1826 - Mon to Sun (8.30am-5.30pm)

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