WRITING A NOVEL: BRING YOUR IDEAS TO LIFE THE FABER ACADEMY WAY
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 13.45
Jersey’s aspiring writers will have the opportunity to gather expert advice from the Director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy, Richard Skinner, author of Writing a Novel which draws on his years of experience as a writer and teacher.
Writing A Novel is not a set of rules and regulations. It is an atlas, a guide to finding your own way over the treacherous passes of your first novel. Richard Skinner covers the basics of writing great fiction – narrators, characters, settings – with charm and rigour. But more than that, he argues that the journey towards a final manuscript is as important as the finished article itself. Many of Richard’s students have gone on to secure publishing deals and many more have left his courses with work to be proud of. With its balance of warmth and wisdom, Writing a Novel will give any aspiring writer the confidence to face the blank page – and to fill it.
‘Without wanting to lean towards hyperbole, it really has been the most wonderful six months under your tutelage. I feel I have learned such an extraordinary amount.’ Ben, a student on Writing A Novel 2017
Richard Skinner has taught the Faber Academy’s flagship six-month course ‘Writing A Novel’ since its inception in 2009 and has helped hundreds of people to tell their stories, including Baileys Prize-shortlisted Laline Paull and author of international bestseller Before I Go To Sleep S. J. Watson. Richard is also a talented novelist in his own right: his most recent book, The Mirror, was described as ‘beautifully written… immersive… captivating’ by the Guardian.
HOW TO WRITE A PAGE-TURNING MEMOIR
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE (MRR) / SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER / 11.00 / £15
Duncan Barrett is the co-author of a trio of Sunday Times bestsellers, The Sugar Girls, GI Brides and The Girls Who Went to War – all of which tell the true stories of a community of individuals in a narrative, novelistic style. In this workshop he shares his advice on how to turn your own stories into books that your readers won’t be able to put down. Covering characterisation, plot structure, artistic license and more, this workshop is perfect for anyone keen to get their own life story down on paper.
with MARTIN EDWARDS
JERSEY LIBRARY / FRIDAY 28th SEPTEMBER / 1300 – 15.00 and 17.30 – 18.30
An interactive writers’ workshop focusing on the crime genre, and presented by award-winning crime writer and Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association Martin Edwards. It is suitable for beginners and more experienced writers, and those interested in writing both novels and short stories.
JERSEY LIBRARY / THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 08.00 – 09.30 (talk) and 15.00-16.30 (workshop) / FREE
Drawing on his own journey of becoming an executive coach, with 19 years of experience in learning how to self-reflect and take action, Mark has recently published Coach Yourself First – A Coach’s Guide to Self-Reflection.
Mark will share learnings from his journey of self-reflection and enable you to learn experientially using a variety of creative self-reflection approaches. You will leave this powerful event knowing: three creative ways to use self-reflection to develop new self-awareness; where you want to be regarding purpose, enjoyment, achievement and learning in your life; and how to continue your journey of self-reflection.
Free admission, booking essential via Eventbrite (below).
with Adele Dark
JERSEY LIBRARY / WEDNESDAY 27th SEPTEMBER / 10.00 – 13.00
JERSEY LIBRARY / THURSDAY 27th SEPTEMBER / 10.00 – 13.00
Explore Roman Capitals and lettering during this workshop and design a panel to include your name and other words reflecting your loves and life. We will be using square-edged nibs and other writing tools. Inks and paper will be provided.
Adele Dark, Artist and Calligrapher, is a fully qualified teacher with experience teaching at all levels. Adele has worked with museums, art centres and schools both in Jersey and the UK running Art Workshops for adults and children over the past 20 years. A member of the Society of Scribes and a Printmaking graduate Adele has a passion for typography and print. Her creative work can be seen on her website adeledark.squarespace.com, Facebook page and Instagram.