The Book You Want to Write: a practical approach to the craft of fiction - course 1

Memory and imagination; plot and structure; developing characters

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space

The course

In this one-day interactive course Sarah Burton and Jem Poster will address, in a practical way, key topics from their acclaimed handbook for fiction-writers, The Book You Need to Read to Write the Book You Want to Write (Cambridge University Press). Through discussion of relevant passages from the work of other writers, as well as through guided writing exercises, you will be encouraged to develop your understanding of the relationship between memory and imagination; the need for careful plotting of your narrative; and the art of creating convincing characters. Whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced writer looking for new ideas and inspiration, this course will help you on your way.

This course can either be taken on its own or in conjunction with the related course on Wednesday 31 May, which will cover a different set of topics.


The tutors

Jem Poster is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University; he is author of a collection of poetry, Brought to Light (Bloodaxe, 2001) and two novels, Courting Shadows and Rifling Paradise (Sceptre, 2002 and 2006).

Sarah Burton, founder and former Director of Cambridge University’s MSt in Creative Writing, is the author of Impostors (Penguin, 2000), A Double Life: A Biography of Charles and Mary Lamb (Penguin, 2003) and The Strange Adventures of H (Legend, 2020).

Cover of The Book you Need to Read

Jem and Sarah’s co-authored handbook for fiction writers, The Book You Need to Read to Write the Book You Want to Write was published in 2022.

Please book tickets for Course 1 below:

Price: £125.00
The Book You Want to Write: a practical approach to the craft of fiction - course 1