Writing from Life

Mon 27 July 2020 - Sat 1 August 2020
Tutors / Paul Dodgson & Katharine Norbury
Guest Reader / Eluned Gramich
Course Fee / From £550 - £675 per person
Genre / Non-Fiction
Language / English

We are currently still accepting bookings for courses planned for May and onwards, but we are keeping an eye on the situation and following official advice. Should we need to cancel any courses, we will let you know as soon as possible and all fees will be returned in full. Please note that Literature Wales’ offices are currently closed due to the COVID-19 situation. All Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre courses until the end of April 2020 have been postponed, but we hope to re-open in May. You can contact us through this page.

If you want to explore your life through writing, then this course is for you. With a mixture of workshops and tutorial sessions, we will investigate the nature of memory; establishing style and tone; creating a sense of time and place; and writing believable dialogue. We will test our storytelling skills as well as the peculiar relationship between truth and fiction. This non-fiction course is aimed towards those interested in various genres including travel writing, autobiography, memoir and more. We welcome you to bring research materials or a prompt with you, including diaries, letters, a photograph or an item from your past.


Paul Dodgson

Paul Dodgson is a writer, musician, radio producer and teacher. As a producer, he has worked on hundreds of programmes for the BBC national radio networks, has created drama and documentary series for BBC television, 16 plays for BBC Radio 4 as well as episodes of the soap opera, EastEnders. For theatre, Paul has written several plays for young people and was commissioned to write music and lyrics for five musicals including The Nutcracker at Theatre Royal Bath and the Nuffield Southampton Theatres. Paul has taught creative writing in various countries around the world, has been writer-in-residence at Exeter University and a Hawthornden Castle Fellow. Paul’s memoir about the power of music, On the Road Not Taken (2019) is published by Unbound. www.ontheroadnottaken.co.uk

Katharine Norbury

Katharine Norbury trained as a film editor with the BBC and has worked extensively in film and television drama. She published her first book, The Fish Ladder (Bloomsbury Circus) in 2015, and it was shortlisted for the 2016 Wainwright Prize, longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award and announced as a Telegraph Book of the Year. She was also named an Observer’s rising star in non-fiction. She is a regular contributor to the Observer’s New Review and Caught by The River and teaches writing about place. She is currently editing an anthology of women’s writing about the natural world, Women On Nature, for Unbound.

Guest Reader

Eluned Gramich

Eluned Gramich is a Welsh-German writer and translator. Her memoir of Hokkaido, Japan, Woman Who Brings the Rain (New Welsh Rarebyte, 2016), won New Welsh Review’s inaugural New Welsh Writing Award 2015 and was shortlisted for the Creative Non-Fiction category at Wales Book of the Year 2016. Her essays and short stories have appeared in The Lonely Crowd, Stand Magazine, Planet, New Welsh Review, Wales Arts Review, O'r Pedwar Gwynt and Taliesin. She was shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize in 2012, as well as the Aestas Short Story Prize and a Bare Fiction Prize in 2018. Her novella, The Lion and the Star, was recently published as part of the series Hometown Tales (Orion Books, 2018).

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