9 January - 13 March 2014
So You Want to Write a Novel
16 Oct 2013 - 12 March 2014
Creative Writing in the City
Ernest & Young, London SE1
This course is offered for EY employees only.
17 March - 28 April 2014
Creative Writing: Fact or Fiction
London, WC1, UK
7 - 14 June 2014
Novel Intensive & Writing Retreat
Wondering what special gift you might give to someone who writes or wants to? Why not give a place on one of our upcoming writing courses? There are a wide variety of workshops for all levels of ability, from beginners to published authors.
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Emma Healey is one of the stars of 2013 London Book Fair, her novel, Strange Companions was bid on by a number of publishing houses. In the "So You Want to Write a Novel", "Fiction Masterclass" and "Workshop Your Fiction" courses, I always knew her book would go places! Her novel (retitled Elizabeth is Missing) will be published in June 2014. High five, Emma! Read the Guardian article about her here.
Lezanne Clannachan's first novel is out! Jellybird is published by Orion, publication date: 14 March. I couldn't be happier for her, especially as I watched her manuscript progress over a number of workshops. Yay for you Lezanne! You can order Jellybird here.
I am thrilled to hear from Tom Hill that "Head Over Heels", an animated film he was the script editor for, has been nominated for an Oscar in the Short Animation Category. High five to you, Tom! Watch the Oscars, but even better, watch the video here. Read the Guardian article about how this film came about.
In June 2014 Anne will be leading a 7-day writing retreat in Spain in the countryside outside Girona. This "So You Want to Write a Novel Intensive" has morning workshops, afternoon 1-2-1 tutorials and evening sessions to showcase your work and receive constructive criticism on your writing . . .
Elliot Perlmann offers this advice for aspiring writers: "There is a tendency in the middle of the writing of a novel for the writer to feel adrift, lost floating aimlessly in a rough, uncharted ocean of words. You are too far from the beginning to feel the enthusiasm that set you on your way all those words ago and too far from the end to see the land of your completed tale where you may rest finally.
"There are so many obstacles between you and your completed manuscript. Do not let this sense of aimlessness stop you from finishing. From my own limited experience, and of the many writers to whom I have spoken, I am convinced that this feeling is normal. While feeling it is no guarantee that your novel will be artistically, critically or commercially successful, neither is it a sure sign of failure.
"When this feeling is engulfing you, remember the novels that have had the biggest effect on you as a reader. Look at those novels. Take them from your shelves. Flick through their pages. Remember the characters, settings, plots. Remember how they have made you feel. Perhaps the manuscript on which you drift aimlessly now will come to be such a book for people you have never met. Dwell on this, that this could happen. Take a deep breath and go back to your page. Perhaps there is someone who needs you to tell this story."
"It is only the story . . . that saves our progeny from blundering like blind beggars into the spikes of the cactus fence. The story is our escort; without it, we are blind. Does the blind man own his escort? No, neither do we own the story; rather, it is the story that owns us."
Anne Aylor is a professional writer and teacher who has had short stories and poems published by the Arts Council of Great Britain, Oxford University Press, The Literary Review, London Magazine and Stand Magazine.
Her first novel, No Angel Hotel, was republished in February 2012. Her second novel, The Double Happiness Company, was published in 2011. She is 90,000 words into her third and is working on a fourth.
In addition to being a runner-up in a Radio 3 competition, a number of her stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio. In 2008 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and in 2011 for the Fish Short Story Prize.
Her stage play, Children of the Dust, won a playwrighting competition and was co-produced by the Soho Theatre and Theatre Warehouse, Croydon.
She worked in post-war Bosnia where she practised Chinese medicine and taught ballet. She teaches ballet at Morley College in London and is a member of PEN and 26. In 2007 she was a shortlist judge for the story competition held by the Wimbledon Book Fest and in 2011 she was the judge in the Peter Barry Short Story Competition.
On June 4, 1963, JFK signed Executive Order 11110. This little-known presidential decree effectively stripped the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money, at interest, to the US Federal Government. With the stroke of a pen, President Kennedy declared that the privately-owned FRB would soon be out of business . . .
August 2012 marked the US launch of No Angel Hotel, sponsored by the Border Book Festival. To see a 3.21-minute video of the celebration of a novel that been called "a tour de force of passion and longing", click here.