Francesca Rhydderch’s début novel, The Rice Paper Diaries, was longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and won the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Category in 2014. In the same year she was also shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award. Other recent projects include a play in Welsh, Cyfaill, which was shortlisted in several categories for the Theatre Critics Wales Awards 2014, including Best Welsh-language Playwright. A former editor of New Welsh Review, Francesca teaches Creative Writing at Swansea University.
Short or Long Fiction: Getting Going and Keep Going
If you’ve been hesitant about starting to write fiction, this course will inspire you to begin. Or if you’ve already put pen to paper but have lost the plot, this course will help to kick-start your writing again and encourage you to look at your work afresh. Flash fiction, short stories, novellas, novels, and epic trilogies; from short to long fiction, we’ll try to unravel the differences between these forms, and pick the best vehicle to carry your story. We’ll look at character, setting, dialogue and tone and discover the best ways to use them in your chosen form.
The morning workshops will be intense—designed to loosen up the creative muscles with writing exercises that are fun as well as practical. The one-to-one tutorials in the afternoons are all about you, your ideas and your work. And there will be plenty of free time for your own writing too.
Mavis Cheek’s first novel, Pause Between Acts, was published by Bodley Head in 1988 and won the She/John Menzies First Novel Prize. She has published fifteen novels and her short stories have been included in various collections. Mavis has served on committees for both PEN and The Society of Authors and was for three years the judge of the McKitterick Prize for Fiction. She is a Fellow of MacDowell artistic Colony in the USA and has been the Royal Literature Fund Fellow at both Chichester University and the University of Reading. She is also the Founder and Patron of the Marlborough Literature Festival which aims to put authorship, rather than celebrity, back at the heart of literature festivals. Since 1989 Mavis has run residential courses for various venues and institutions at home and abroad from palaces to prisons. She lives and works in London.
Patrick Gale lives in Cornwall and is a keen gardener and cellist. His sixteen novel includes the bestselling Rough Music and Notes from an Exhibition. His fourteenth, A Perfectly Good Man, won the Green Carnation award. His latest, A Place Called Winter was a Radio 2 Book Club selection, and was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize, the Walter Scott Prize and the Green Carnation Award.