Creative Writing Masterclasses


a pair of creative writing masterclasses

with Michelle Lovric and Lucy Coats

When: Thursday March 21st and Thursday April 4th 2019

Where: Near Borough Market, London

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath. Scott Fitzgerald

How many water-words are associated with writing?

Inspiration wells up or runs dry. From it, we distil ideas. We plot a course through the unfathomable. Writing has depth – or shallows. It has a wave-like rhythm. We immerse ourselves in good words, indeed we can almost drown in them. A writer, like water, reflects and can scintillate. Great writing flows in liquid syllables, like a brook over stones.

These two masterclasses offer a rare opportunity to work with two experienced and successful writers in a beautiful historic loft on the edge of the great River Thames, right in the watery heart of London.

The workshops do not just involve writing about water; we will teach you to deploy water as a vital fluid in your creative practice.

  • Working not just with words but also with sound and image, we shall plunge you into stimulating writing scenarios.
  • We shall generate a creative lexicon of water.
  • You’ll give gifts to the water and receive inspiration in exchange.
  • You’ll learn how to embed watery hooks in your scenario to make them irresistible to the reader.
  • You’ll write monsters from the deep, both mythic and modern.
  • You’ll be handling historic artefacts and looking at the built environment and the river itself in new writing-oriented ways.

This kind of work is a tide that will not go out. With each exercise, we shall build on the material you create, cross-referencing and adding depth. There will be more than writing to take away from each session. The exercises will generate seed material for you to develop and nurture your creativity beyond the hours you spend here.

“Water is the one substance from which the earth can conceal nothing; it sucks out its innermost secrets and brings them to our very lips.”  Jean Giraudoux

Facilitators: Michelle Lovric, novelist, poet, journalist, RLF Fellow and creative writing tutor; Lucy Coats, writer for children and young adults, journalist, writing tutor and specialist in multicultural myths and legends. Lucy and Michelle have for several years taught masterclasses at The Guardian.

Cost: £285 inclusive for two workshops, payable via Eventbrite

Hours are 9.45am till 4. 30pm.Numbers are limited to eleven places.

Tea, coffee and biscuits included througout the day. Lunch may be bought at nearby Borough Market, which caters to all tastes.

To book, please click on this link: BOOK AT EVENTBRITE

For these initial workshops only there is a 10% discount for members of The Society of Authors, the Scattered Authors Society and SCBWI

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This venue is not suitable for anyone allergic to short-haired cats.