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Writing Fiction: The Essentials with Mark McNay

Programme WCN-UEA Creative Writing Programme
Level 1
Dates Begins 16 January 2017, 12 week course
Cost £450
 

A 12-week online course designed for people who want to write stories, but do not yet know how. It caters for the complete beginner, and also for those who have a little experience but are unsure how to proceed. This course is led by a prize-winning writer who has experience of teaching at all levels, and who can guide you through the first few steps to becoming a competent writer.

Biography:

Mark McNay was brought up in a mining village in central Scotland. He read literature at UEA and there discovered a talent and love for writing. His first novel, Fresh, won the Arts Foundation New Fiction Award 2007 and the Saltire First Book of the Year Award. His second novel, Under Control, was shortlisted for the Aye Write award in 2009. Mark’s short fiction has been long listed for various prizes, and has been broadcast on Radio 4. Mark has taught writing at UEA and Anglia Ruskin University.

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Writing Fiction: The Essentials with Eliza Robertson

Programme WCN-UEA Creative Writing Programme
Level 1
Dates Begins 16 January 2017, 12 week course
Cost £450

 

“In a rough way the short story writer is to the novelist as a cabinetmaker is to a house carpenter.” – Annie Proulx
This course is designed for people who have never written a short story, as well as those who have dabbled in the form already. You will learn the components of strong short fiction with the guidance and feedback of a published author. Together, we will explore how to build credible characters, develop a narrative, read like a writer and edit our own work.

Biography:

Eliza Robertson was born in Vancouver and grew up on Vancouver Island. She attended the creative writing programs at the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the 2011 Man Booker Scholarship. In 2013, her story "We Walked On Water" co-won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her first collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award, the Danuta Gleed Short Story Prize Prize, the East Anglia Book Award, and selected as a New York Times Editor's Choice. In 2015, she was named by Joseph Boyden as one of five emerging writers for the Writers' Trust Five x Five program. She lives in England.

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Writing Fiction: The Essentials with KJ Orr

Programme WCN-UEA Creative Writing Programme
Level 1
Dates Begins 16 January 2017, 12 week course
Cost £450

 

This 12-week online course, designed for complete beginners or those with little experience, will focus in particular on the short story, and will help you to develop your skills as a prose fiction writer. 

Biography:

K J Orr is an award-winning writer whose short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including the Irish Times, the Dublin Review, the White Review and Best British Short Stories. Her debut collection of stories, Light Box, was published in February 2016, and in October 2016 she won the BBC National Short Story Award. She is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at UEA, and holds a doctorate on the short story form from the University of Chichester. She has worked as a writing mentor and tutor in London, and is currently a Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at UEA. Her reviews and essays have appeared in the Guardian, the TLS and Poetry Review, among others. (kjorr.com)

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Writing Fiction: The Essentials with Natasha Soobramanien

Programme WCN-UEA Creative Writing Programme
Level 1
Dates Begins 16 January 2017, 12 week course
Cost £450

 

This 12-week online course is designed to help you start writing short fiction. It is aimed at people who have not written short stories before, and for those who may have done some writing but would appreciate the opportunity to do so regularly in a structured environment, with regular feedback on their work.

Biography:

Natasha Soobramanien is the author of GENIE AND PAUL (Myriad Editions, 2013). Her short stories have appeared in The White Review, The Time Out Book of New Writing, and with the Serpentine Galleries, who commissioned her  as part of their inaugural Bridge Commission. She is a graduate of UEA's MA in Creative Writing, where she worked with Luke Williams, with whom she is currently collaborating on a novel-in-instalments, http://diegogarciabook.tumblr.com/. She lives in Brussels.

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Writing Fiction: Intermediate with Anjali Joseph

Programme WCN-UEA Creative Writing Programme
Level 2
Dates Begins 16 January 2017, 24 week course 
Cost £900

 

This course builds on the expertise acquired at introductory level, and introduces more depth and a wider range of reading and approaches to fiction. At this level you will acquire and experiment with more techniques, broaden the possibilities you’re ready to explore in your writing, and reconnect with finding a sense of play and adventure in your writing.

Biography:

Anjali Joseph was born in Bombay. She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has taught English at the Sorbonne, and written for the Times of India in Bombay. She was commissioning editor of ELLE India. Anjali Joseph's first novel Saraswati Park (2010) won the Betty Trask Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was joint winner of India’s Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Fiction. Another Country, her second novel, was published in 2012. The Living, her third novel, was released in March 2016.

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