Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Win a place on the Faber Academy Start to Write course - DEADLINE midnight Thursday 17 July


Enter Faber's great competition to win a place on the new one-day writing course to kick-start your writing this July


You dream of being a writer. You’ve got great ideas. But you aren’t quite sure how to actually start writing. Or maybe you’re even putting it off, finding excuses from ‘I’ve got too much on’, to, ‘I’m probably no good at it anyway’. What do you do next?

On the fourth floor of one of the world’s most famous publishing houses, you’ll get the hands-on teaching you need to start writing, from acclaimed tutor and novelist Richard Skinner and from 14 fellow writers. You’ll be writing there and then, getting instant responses, experimenting with structure and techniques, plus tips on what to do next to start your writing life.

You’ll cover topics such as:
What are the crucial ingredients of a great story?
What makes a great opening?
How do you know what to leave in and what to take out?

Psychologies and Faber Academy are offering Psychologies readers a chance to win a place on the START TO WRITE course on Saturday 26 July – a no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginner’s guide to writing, from people who know how.

How the day will run:

Saturday 26 July

10am-1pm: CREATING IDEAS

The morning session will focus on the starting point of all fiction: ideas.

Where do ideas for stories come from? Which novels have moved you the most profoundly? How can you use imitation and improvisation to create stories? There will be writing exercises to develop good practice, which will in turn help facilitate good ideas.

1-2pm: Lunch (not provided)

2-4pm: THE BARE BONES OF STORIES

The afternoon session will concentrate on how to tell a great story, starting with the basic elements and building up the action layer by layer. You will use writing exercises to explore different narrative effects and leave with your own piece of flash fiction.

To view the full range of creative writing course at Faber Academy visit faberacademy.co.uk

The competition closes at midnight Thursday 17 July.

Enter the competition here:

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