Next year Tim will work mainly on a time-travel novel. His next book, a pair of novellas, will be published by VUP in 2015.
Over summer we offer two special workshops with visiting graduates from the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop.
He writes: 'Perhaps because there is some bad stuff screened, people can be dismissive of television as a literary medium. But at its best, television is a wonderful form to work in for a writer. You can move people, create moments of visual beauty, make people laugh, reach a large audience in an intimate way, and at times feel that you can change the world. And if you’re lucky you can even make a living from it! In this course we look at a variety of television genres before the students embark on their major project. After just one year of this course, I’ve been amazed at what my students have produced, and the way they have creatively mastered many aspects of television scriptwriting.'
He writes: 'This course often sees an eclectic group of students, from old to young, from merely curious to already committed. All have a lot to contribute. Exercise work can often trigger unexpected results, surprising us with what we are capable of, while the workshop process is an opportunity to see one’s work through the eyes of others. This is immensely valuable to any writer, allowing us to identify our strengths, develop what works and shed what doesn’t. There are no rules to follow, only the question ‘does it work?’ but the fun really begins when we try to get from that deceptively simple formula to the why and how.'
He writes: 'This year I’ve had portfolios about schooldays, friends, family members, the environment, journeys to South America, to Morocco, to China, love gone right, love gone wrong, how to live with yourself, how not to live with yourself. We all have stories but what might they mean (to us, to others) and how to tell them most effectively? These are some of the questions we keep chipping away at.'
Chris Price, Damien Wilkins, Ken Duncum and Bill Manhire have all been recipients of this award. It played a significant part in our writing lives and we hope that this campaign is un grand succès.
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