Alex Clark is a critic, journalist and broadcaster, and the current Literary Artistic Director for the Bath Festival. She was formerly the editor of Granta Magazine, and writes on a wide range of subjects for The Guardian, The Observer, The Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement. She has judged many literary awards, including the 2008 Man Booker prize and the 2015 Wales Book of the Year. She regularly chairs live events, appears on radio on programmes such as Front Row, Woman’s Hour and Open Book and is the host of a monthly podcast for Vintage publishing.
Non-fiction and life-writing: from editing to publishing
Are you yearning to publish a first-person story about a life experience or do you have a winning idea for a book of non-fiction? This course will provide you with the tools to turn your bright idea into tight, emotionally-compelling copy, which can be adapted into newspaper features, a memoir or a book of non-fiction. The tutors are highly-experienced literary journalists with a deep knowledge of the rapidly changing media and publishing industries, and have edited the work of many well-known writers. They will take you through daily workshops, writing exercises and one-to-one tutorials with the aim of honing your idea and to edit it ready for publication.
The aim is to shape your material and edit it for different kinds of publication from newspapers and magazines to blogs and books. Students are encouraged to bring along one project in draft form if possible, or an idea that can be developed for the duration of the week.
Arifa Akbar is a journalist, critic and literary festival director. She is the former literary editor of The Independent, where she worked from 2001 until 2016 as a reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk. She has interviewed personalities including Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Ali Smith, Damien Hirst, Cindy Sherman, John Malkovich and Martin Scorsese. She has judged the Orwell Prize, the Fiction Uncovered Prize and the British Bookseller Industry Award, as well as the Aesthetica Magazine short story competition for the past three years. She is a newspaper reviewer on Sky News and reviews books for the FT, The Pool, i newspaper, BBC Radio 5 Live and Monocle Radio. She is the festival director of M-Fest, an international festival of books and ideas launching in autumn 2017.
Jasmine Donahaye’s publications include narrative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and cultural criticism. Her memoir, Losing Israel (2015), won the non-fiction category of Wales Book of the Year, and her story ‘Theft’ was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize.
Before taking up her post at Swansea University, she worked for many years in the publishing sector and as Publishing Grants Officer at the Welsh Books Council, and this background in publishing closely informs her teaching of creative writing.
Her research interests include the natural world, identity, Jewish studies, Welsh culture and Israel-Palestine. She was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2017.