Memoir, People, Place: How to Write Dazzling Non-fiction

Mon 23 Oct - Sat 28 Oct 2017
Tutors / Horatio Clare & Jon Gower
Guest Reader / Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Course Fee / From £495 - £625 per person
Genres / Creative WritingFictionNon-Fiction
Language / English

Whether your interests lie in travel or nature, psycho-geography or biography, this course will develop and deepen the skills necessary for all of these forms. From recording experience through to identifying the correct form of research and marshalling the material through to burnishing the final prose. Two authors who have published work in most forms of non-fiction—and consistently blurred the distinctions between them—will share their boundless enthusiasm for words and their abilities.There will be ample opportunity for one-on-one sessions as well as group activities, including a field trip to take full advantage of the fabulous countryside. Most evenings will culminate in a convivial reading of everyone’s work. There will also be a daily opportunity to read and discuss extracts from extraordinary books but the main emphasis will be on writing, re-writing and editing before eventually burnishing the final prose. Hopefully the week’s activity and productivity will be nothing short of a party – a prose party – without hang-ups or hangovers.


Caroline Flinders

Horatio Clare

Horatio Clare’s first book, Running for the Hills (John Murray, 2006), an acclaimed account of a Welsh childhood, won a Somerset Maugham Award, was longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award and saw Horatio shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. His subsequent books include A Single Swallow (Chatto & Windus, 2009) which was shortlisted for the Dolman Travel Book of the Year), the best-selling travelogue Down to the Sea in Ships (Vintage, 2015) which won Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year and Icebreaker: A Voyage Far North (Chatto & Windus, 2017). His most recent books are Something of His Art: Walking to Lubeck with JS Bach (Little Toller Books, 2018) and The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal (Elliott & Thompson, 2018). Horatio's essays and reviews appear regularly in the national press and on BBC radio. He lectures in creative non-fiction writing at the University of Manchester.

Marian Delyth

Jon Gower

Jon Gower has over twenty books to his name, including An Island Called Smith, which won the John Morgan travel writing award; The Story of Wales - which accompanied the landmark BBC series - and Gwalia Patagonia, an account of the Welsh overseas adventure in south America. A former BBC Wales arts and media correspondent, Jon was an inaugural Hay Festival International Fellow. He is currently writing a book about the artist John Selway as well as a second collaborative volume with the photographer Jeremy Moore, building on the success of their coastal travelogue Wales: At Water's Edge, not to mention a Welsh language noir thriller due out in 2017.

Guest Reader

Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s 2013 publication The Pike - Gabriele d’Annunzio won the Samuel Johnson Award, the Duff Cooper Prize and the Costa Biography Award. Encouraged by reviewers who claimed that The Pike was as compelling as the best fiction, she has just finished her first novel.

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