Short Course: Fiction – Jem Poster & Sarah Burton

Short Course: Fiction - Jem Poster & Sarah Burton

Date(s) - Thu 22nd Feb - Sun 25th Feb, 2018
All Day

Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT

Starting the Writer’s Journey

If we want to write fiction we need to cultivate certain essential qualities: receptivity to the world around us, an understanding of the workings of the human mind, a respect for the power of words, and a determination to use them effectively. Designed by two professional writers with long experience of teaching at university level, this course will address the writer’s art and craft in ways at once practical and thought-provoking. Although designed primarily for those who are new, or relatively new, to creative writing, the course may also be helpful to more advanced writers looking for ideas and inspiration.

Jem Poster is the author of two novels, Courting Shadows and Rifling Paradise, as well as a collection of poetry, Brought to Light; he is also the editor of volume III of the projected six-volume Oxford University Press Edward Thomas: Prose Writings (forthcoming, 2018). From 2003 to 2012 he was Professor of Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University, and is now Emeritus Professor; he is also Affiliated Lecturer in Creative Writing with Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education. He has been Chair of the editorial board of New Welsh Review, and is currently Director of Academic Programmes for the Oxford Literary Festival.

Sarah Burton has published two works of biography, Impostors: Six Kinds of Liar and A Double Life: a Biography of Charles and Mary Lamb, as well as short stories, children’s fiction and writings on theatre. She taught at Goldsmiths and Royal Holloway (University of London) and at the University of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education before establishing and directing Cambridge University’s Master’s degree in Creative Writing. She has recently finished editing her first historical novel, and is working on a collection of short stories and a book to help writers develop their skills.

On this course, tutors will read a sample of your work ahead of time to get a feel for your work. Details of how and when to submit this will be sent to you in the course notes upon booking.

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Grants are always available, and you also have the option to pay in installments, see How to Book.


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Single Room
Includes food, accommodation & tuition.
Twin Room
Includes food, accommodation in a twin room & tuition.
Single Room - Deposit
Includes food, accommodation & tuition. Balance due six weeks before the course.
Twin Room - Deposit
Includes food, accommodation in a twin room & tuition. Balance due six weeks before the course.

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