Digital Taster Course: Engaging Non-Fiction

Fri 21 August 2020
Tutor / Mike Parker
Course Fee / From £9 per person
Genre / Non-Fiction
Language / English

12.00 pm – 1.30 pm

Join Mike Parker for an hour-long digital workshop offering advice and suggestions on how to write engaging non-fiction. How can you write about the world about you, your life journey, or about what you see on your daily walks in a way that can interest your readers? We look at good practice when it comes to storytelling as well as the peculiar relationship between truth and fiction. You will leave the course with an idea, some tools, and inspiration to write about your surroundings. Time has been set aside to settle in at the beginning, to ask questions, and for discussions with your co-writers at the end.


The Tŷ Newydd taster courses series will offer a whistle-stop tour of various genres and themes in both English and Welsh, to continue to inspire your writing during the lockdown. Participant numbers for each taster course will be capped at 16, and the course will be delivered through the video platform Zoom. We hope to welcome you to Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre when we reopen our doors, where we offer a programme of day-long, weekend and week-long residential courses at our wonderful house in Llanystumdwy.


Mike Parker

Mike Parker is the author of more than a dozen books; from travel guides, such as the first five editions of the Rough Guide to Wales (Rough Guides, 2000) to popular narratives around place, politics, history and identity, including the bestselling Map Addict (Collins, 2009) and its acclaimed follow-up The Wild Rover (Collins, 2011). His cult Neighbours from Hell? (Y Lolfa, 2007) is a polemic about English attitudes to the Welsh, a subject dear to his heart, as Mike grew up in Worcestershire and moved to Wales in 2000. His latest book, On the Red Hill (William Heinemann, 2019) is a passionate evocation of the mid Wales landscape, framed in the search for the queer rural. He has written and presented television travelogues for ITV Wales, and various series for radio, whilst occasionally performing as a stand-up comedian and actor.

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