Novelists, screenwriters, journalists, non-fiction authors and copywriters will be gathering in Falmouth in July to teach on three short writing summer schools.
The five-day courses, which run in the week of July 11-15, offer hands-on practice of several different forms of writing, as well as in-depth insights into making a career as a writer.
On the Professional Writing Summer School, participants will be introduced to key writing skills through a series of one-day workshops, each focusing on a different area of the profession.
They’ll be discovering how to tell strong stories and create convincing characters, looking at how to develop ideas for feature articles and non-fiction books, and practising the skills that go into effective business writing.
Tutors running workshops over the week include the novelist and screenwriter Kris Kenway, high-profile features journalist Oliver Bennett and prolific non-fiction author Susy Marriott.
On the Radio Writing Summer School course participants will discover what makes a successful radio short story and work together as a team to write a sketch show. They’ll also spend a day in the university’s state-of-the-art studio recording some of the work they have created.
The course is led by writer and BBC producer Paul Dodgson, whose radio drama Ivan and the Dogs won the Tinniswood Award for Best Radio Play 2010.
The Business Writing Summer School looks at how to write marketing copy, and is aimed at business people as well as those interested in copywriting as a career.
The five-day course will be led by Sarah McCartney, one of the UK’s most successful copywriters. While head of brand publications at Lush, Sarah did much to establish the natural cosmetics company as a leading global brand.
She has also written for brands including Aviva, Skype and Cadbury, and runs writing workshops for many leading companies and charities. Her book Online Marketing in Seven Days is published in April 2011.
The writing summer schools are organised by the team behind the MA Professional Writing course at University College Falmouth. Like the MA they combine a focus on creativity with a practical approach to making a career as a writer.
For more details or to book places on these courses, visit the Falmouth Summer School site or call Rachel Pellowe on 01326 255989. Each course runs daily from 9.30am to 3.30pm and costs £380.