Fiction Reboot: Virtual Course

Mon 21 September 2020 - Fri 25 September 2020
Tutors / Vanessa Gebbie & Cynan Jones
Guest Reader / Daisy Johnson
Course Fee / From £ per person
Genre / Fiction
Language / English

Struggling with your novel? Out of love with your short story collection? Or have recent events just left you feeling distanced from your writing? Time to re-engage! Join Vanessa and Cynan from your own home on this Tŷ Newydd virtual course for five days that will sharpen your writing skills, generate new work, and boost your confidence as a writer. You’ll reconnect with key elements of storytelling, have plenty of time to write, and will benefit from two personal one-on-one tutorials with each award-winning tutor. This course is a chance to spend five days of quality time with your writing, to help put the spark back in your words and push your work to the next stage and beyond.

In the spirit of Tŷ Newydd’s late night library gatherings, a safe digital space will be created for you to discuss your inspirations, frustrations and more with your co-writers. To make the digital library more authentic we have even put Tony’s recipes on our blog for you to prepare snacks and meals to enjoy during the week.

You will need good internet access to take part in this course, as it will mainly be delivered through the video platform Zoom. The number of participants will be capped at 10 to ensure that everyone receives close individual attention and feedback.

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Vanessa Gebbie

Vanessa Gebbie has won awards for both fiction and poetry. She is author of a novel, The Coward’s Tale (Bloomsbury, 2012), and five collections of shorter fiction including A Short History of Synchronised Breathing, (Cultured Llama, 2017), Ed’s Wife and Other Creatures (Liquorice Fish, 2015) and Nothing to Worry About (Flash, The International Short-Short Story Press, 2019)She is the editor of Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story (Salt, 2013), which is recommended reading on many creative writing courses in the UK and beyond. She also has two poetry books – The Half-Life of Fathers (Pighog, 2013) which was chosen by the Times Literary Supplement as one of the best of its year, and Memorandum: Poems for the Fallen (Cultured Llama, 2016), which was published to coincide with the Battle of the Somme centenary. She is finishing a second novel and she teaches widely.

Cynan Jones

Cynan Jones is the author of five novels, published in over 20 countries. He has been longlisted and shortlisted for numerous prizes and won the Wales Book of the Year fiction category, a Betty Trask Award, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award, and the BBC National Short Story Award. His short stories have appeared in a variety of anthologies and in journals and magazines including Granta and The New Yorker. He has also written a screenplay for the hit crime drama Hinterland, a collection of tales for children, and stories for BBC Radio. His latest work, Stillicide (2019), is a collection of twelve short stories commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and published by Granta. Cynan is the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Aberystwyth University, and was recently elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is also a mentor for the Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme.

Guest Reader

Daisy Johnson

Daisy Johnson was born in 1990. Her debut short-story collection, Fen (Jonathan Cape), was published in 2016. In 2018 she became the youngest author ever to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize with her debut novel Everything Under (Vintage). Her novel Sisters is published in August 2020. She is the winner of the Harper's Bazaar Short Story Prize, the A. M. Heath Prize and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She lives in Oxford by the river.

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