Guardian Masterclasses and the University of East Anglia (UEA) are to offer a series of creative writing masterclasses. The courses will take place in London, and will be taught by award-winning authors including Gillian Slovo, Geoff Dyer, Sarah Hall, Adam Foulds, Bernardine Evaristo and Ross Raisin.
Guardian Masterclasses and UEA have designed this series of courses to appeal to those that have a serious ambition to become a writer but do not necessarily have time to complete a masters degree.
Three courses will be on offer and each course is aimed at a different level of experience. Those interested in joining level 2 and 3 will be asked to submit work and may be asked to attend an interview.
Level 1: How to tell a story - this level will focus on the art of good storytelling and will introduce students to the craft of narrative fiction. Over six months students will learn the component parts to creating a story, how to establish a strong foundation and key techniques employed by authors in a workshop environment. Through this course students will discover direction, their own personal style and will be assessed at the end.
Level 2: How to complete a first draft of a novel - during this level students will be taught over six months how to develop an idea into a first draft through workshops, individual tutorials, exercises and further reading. At the end of this level students will be coached in preparing for the future and will meet with literary agents and editors as well as undergoing an assessment.
Level 3: How to finish a work of fiction - this level is for writers who are ready to undertake the demanding process of establishing a final draft. Over nine months students will work in small groups and have one-on-one sessions with the tutors who will give detailed responses and guidance on their written work. By the end of this course students will have a final draft that can be presented to an agent and editors and the course directors will give advice on whom to approach.