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Sixth Form and College Day
Friday 14 July


9.30am - 4pm

Julian Study Centre (JSC) - University of East Anglia



9-9.30                  Registration

9.30-10                Clare Connors: Welcome talk

10-11                   Lisa Owens in conversation

Lisa's brilliantly observed debut Not Working is the story of a life unraveling and asks the questions we've never dared to say out loud.  Described by the Guardian as "a deadpan comic debut for the procrastination generation," the book sparked a bidding war and has all the critics looking for new superlatives.  Now you have the chance to put your questions to her.

11-11.15              Break and book signing

11.15-12.45         Breakout Sessions 1 (see details below)  

12.45-1.30           Lunch and chat to current literature, drama and creative writing students

1.30-2.15             James McDermott: Rubber Ring 

Jimmy is sixteen, sexually confused and stuck in Sheringham.  When pop star Morrissey comes to London, Jimmy flees to the city to try and find his hero and himself.  Rubber Ring is a laugh out loud coming-of-age comedy about a Norfolk teenager's struggle with sexual and regional identity. 

Please be aware that this play contains adult themes and strong language.

2.15-2.30             Break

2.30-4.00             Breakout Sessions 2 (see details below)   


£10 per student for the day including lunch

For more details about everyone featured in the day, see under Festival.


Breakout sessions

Breakout sessions 1 (11.15am - 12.45pm)

Tim Clare: Fantastic beasts and how to write them: Any story can be made better with the addition of writhing tentacles, foul leathery wings, shimmering golden scales or a belly covered in gnashing, slimy mouths. Fantasy author Tim Clare leads you through the process of dreaming up and fleshing out your own miraculous creatures or fiendish abominations.

Rachel Hore, Victoria Draper and Justine Mann: 

Writing the past:  In this workshop you will learn just how important an archive can be in giving you both facts and inspiration. Discover some of the gems from the Norfolk Record Office and the UEA British Archive for Contemporary Writing. Then you will have the opportunity to work with best-selling author, Rachel Hore, as she shows you how to dig into history to find great stories that lead to brilliant writing.

Jennie Farman-Walker:

I see, therefore I think': This workshop will be one on critical thinking which will get you looking at contemporary art in an entirely new way. You will have a chance to examine artworks in the Sainsbury Centre and use them to explore philosophical skills including communication, questioning, justifying and debate. And then put some of these ideas into practice.

The Creative Writing Strand*:

For those of you with an interest in creative writing, there will be two workshops each led by two postgraduate creative writing students. This is a really great opportunity to learn more about how creative writing is taught at university while at the same time improving your own writing skills. 

*Please note that The Creative Writing Strand is for both the morning and afternoon breakout sessions. 


Breakout sessions 2 (2.45pm - 4pm)

James McDermott:

You’ve just enjoyed watching James’ play Rubber Ring. Now you can get the chance to work with him as he teaches the tools and techniques he uses to generate dramatic stories. This is a great opportunity for budding playwrights to learn from ‘an emerging talent in total control of his craft’ (Boyz Magazine). This workshop is followed by a Q&A with James.

The Creative Writing Strand:

A continuation of this morning’s workshop. See where it leads to!