Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Fiction: The Basics
With Kamila Shamsie and Louise Doughty. 13-15 July. Have
you often thought about writing fiction, but don't know where to begin?
Over the course of three days, discover the tools you need to start writing
and learn the basics of fiction, from creating memorable characters to
finding an authorial voice, plotting your story, and making full use of
With Helen Castor and Dan Jones. 28-30 September. You
know everything there is to know about the Tudors. Or the Plantagents. Or
Great Uncle Jim's involvement in the Spanish Civil War. But how to tell
that story? Led by two of Britain's brightest young historians, Writing
History will give you a deeper understanding of what makes a successful
work of narrative history. If you have a slice of history that you have to
write, Writing History is the perfect way to get started.
Write A Short Story In A Weekend
With Marcel Theroux and Hanif Kureishi. 22-24 June. Our
most popular weekend course is back. The premise is simple: conceive,
write, rewrite and complete a new short story in three days, with expert
guidance from Marcel Theroux and an inspiring guest session from the
legendary Hanif Kureishi. Arrive with an idea, leave with a brand new
short story that you can be proud of.