UEA Guardian Masterclasses

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Host: Guardian Masterclasses
Location: The Guardian, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 9GU
Speaker: Frances Wilson

Acclaimed non-fiction writer Frances Wilson leads a course for those with a true story to tell who want to find an original way of telling it. Writers who successfully complete the course will qualify for an award in creative writing from UEA.

'A shilling life will give you all the facts,' wrote W H Auden of biography. But reports from publishers suggest that the traditional style of life-writing, taking us through the subject's achievements from cradle to grave is itself dead and buried, currently being replaced by a more hybrid and imaginative form. The future of biography and autobiography lies in a blending of the facts with novelistic artistry, the results of which can be seen in the recent success of books such as Alexander Masters's Stuart: A Life Backwards and Edmund de Waal's The Hare with Amber Eyes, where a family history unfolds through the author's meditation on objects and touch.

This six month course is for those with a true story to tell who want to find an original way of telling it.

The course will have places for 15 participants and cost £4,000 per student. The group will meet for one three-hour session per week (6.30pm – 9.30pm) for a period of six months (see above for exact dates) at the Guardian building at Kings Place, London N1 9GU.

The course is non-selective and will operate on a first come, first served basis. To register, please contact Patrick Keogh on +44 (0) 20 335 32612 between 9.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

Refunds will not be given to students who miss sessions or drop out of the course once the full fee has been paid.

If you would like more information about the course or have any questions please contact Patrick Keogh by telephone on +44 (0) 20 335 32612 between 9.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

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