Short course: Victorian letters

Saturday 13 October 2007
11.00am - 4.00pm
30 (25 concessions), includes materials. Limited places, please book.

A practical introductory two-day course to creative writing, led by David Gaffney.

For adults of all abilities, no experience necessary.

What is the course?
Can you tell a story in less than 500 words? David Gaffney thinks you can, and in this workshop you will learn how to reduce ideas to an ultra-short format, how to condense, yet keep your story effective, powerful and easy to understand, how to manage character, description, point of view and dialogue in the ultra short story, and how to reduce a thousand words to 150 without losing a thing. Full of practical, fun exercises, this session will leave you wondering why anything has to be longer than a side of A4. The course will take inspiration from the exhibition ‘Art Treasures in Manchester: 150 years on’. The course is run in association with Manchester Literature Festival

Each day there will be 2 x 2 hour sessions, 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm
You need to attend all sessions.

Who is teaching the course?
David's collection of ultra-short fiction, Sawn Off tales is published by Salt. He has appeared at Manchester Literature festival, Lancaster Lit fest, on Radio three's The Verb, and his new collection Aromabingo is out in Autumn 2007, followed by his novel, Skip Trace, in 2008. He has also been published in several magazines including Ambit, Stand, Opium, Transmission and Illustrated Ape. David will be performing in the Art Treasures exhibition Thurs 11 Oct 2007, 1 – 1.45pm

Who is it for?
The course is designed for all levels of ability, anyone who enjoys reading magazines, newspapers, the odd biography or novel and watching films and TV drama. You might be relatively new to creative writing and would like to spend some time developing your skills, or it might be something you are considering.

What do I need to bring?
Nothing! All the materials will be provided.

What about lunch?
There will be a one hour lunch break. Lunch will not be provided, however there will be hot drinks available. You can bring your own lunch and eat it in our education studios. Or you can try our delicious café! There are other places to eat in the nearby area.

What if I find out I can’t come?
Places are limited and there may be people who are on a waiting for a place. If you can’t come for any reason please notify the gallery as soon as possible. We may be able to refund your money, if the cancellation is made a week before.




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