Designed to help you generate a body of new work, this perfectly-structured course guarantees to inspire your imagination. Whether you are an experienced writer or a total beginner, under Clare’s gentle guidance each workshop will provide prompts and exercises to make the writing process simple and allow you to develop your craft and experiment with new techniques. You’ll be amazed at what you can produce. You’ll also be introduced to inspirational and thought-provoking writing by established authors and have a chance to hone your critical skills through group discussion of the texts. Clare’s workshops have a proven track record of inspiring her students to produce award-winning, publishable writing. This course will work you hard and provide challenges, but it also promises lots of fun and laughter, as well as much stimulation and encouragement from the others in the group.
A graduate of the prestigious UEA Masters Programme, Clare has taught writing workshops all over Europe, including for the Arvon Foundation and the BBC; she is approachable, generous with her experience, and her teaching has an energy that never fails to inspire her students. Suitable for advanced writers to total beginners, this special workshop series guarantees to inspire. It also offers an unbeatable opportunity to work with an author described as “an assured literary conjuror” (The Guardian) and the author of tales “sorrowful, disturbing and darkly beautiful” (London Review of Books). Her debut story collection The Loudest Sound and Nothing was published by Faber and Faber to critical acclaim in 2007 and the following year its opening story was given the BBC National Short Award. She is currently working on a new collection of stories and is under commission following that to write a novel set in early 20th century British Malaya.