New English Language, Literature & Creative Writing textbook

A practical, easy-to-read guide that aims to help undergraduate students cope with the demands of English and Creative Writing degrees. Written by lecturers and industry professionals with decades of experience in professional writing and higher education, this book also includes hints and tips from previous students.

£13.99, Anthem Press

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‘This indispensable guide to language, literature and creative writing for undergraduates demystifies degree-level study, sets out what to expect from a degree programme, and gives useful insights into study skills. A must-read for worried students.’ —Zoe Lambert, Lancaster University

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Manchester Writing workshops – new dates (16th and 30th September)

And we’re back…

Though I hope the summer hasn’t gone quite yet, our little hiatus draws to a close in September when we’ll be back with our regular writing workshop on every other Tuesday.

Hopefully you’ve all got some interesting stories to share!

As ever, I’ll provide the snacks and exercises, you’ll bring yourselves and your pen and paper – or however you like to write. There are plugs in the rooms.

Remember, all levels of writers welcome – expertise and freshness compliments each other. Hope to see you all again soon.

Sarah
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To book: http://www.meetup.com/WritingManchester/events/199344102/


Offer – 4 week intermediate course, £41

Our next online intermediate course starting on Saturday 2 August. It’s currently on special offer at £41 from £70 and includes peer and tutor feedback over 4 weeks. This course would be useful for anyone who has attended a few workshops or done a course or two previously and wants to extend their writing with some new, more advanced techniques.

We cover:

Finding a market
Conflict in dialogue
Motif and subtext
Next steps

More information here: http://bookwhen.com/WritingManchester

Let me now if you have any questions – in the meantime, happy writing!

Sarah
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New self-study intermediate course, £10

Are you ready for the next level? This is the self-study version of our online intermediate course (£70) – you access the same materials as our tutored students, but follow the ‘self-study’ options in our instructions, enabling you to more successfully critique your own writing and progress your knowledge and practice of craft

You will have done some writing before or completed either our 10 week course for complete beginners, or 4 week tutored course, and are now wanting to hone your work.

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Ready for the next level?

In this Intermediate course, we look at how to develop your writing, using tone as plot and how to insert conflict in dialogue. You will also gain skills in how to increase your our own self awareness as a writer, which is crucial for your continued development. We will also think about the importance of motif and subtext in your work, looking at other writers to help us include these elements in our own writing.

Finally, we will consider how to target a market for publication and how to prepare your work for submission.

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What our students say:

‘My creative writing skills have greatly improved after the course, and I would definitely recommend to anyone interested!’

Summeya, student (Beginners face to face and online)

‘I attended a four-week advanced short story course with Sarah Dobbs and I learnt many techniques for editing and finishing stories. CW the Artists Way have also helped with my novel both structurally and in line-by-line suggestions. There is nothing better than the expert advice of a practitioner who has developed skills in editing and teaching by writing.’

John, Writer (Advanced face to face and manuscript appraisal)

As a beginner in Creative Writing, I am very please with this course it gives you the right insight/skills you need to get started. Best of all, it stretches and challenges you so that you can define your own writing style.’

Shazia, student (Beginners face to face – intermediate online)

‘Thank you for your feedback and comments and advice. This afternoon I have read your advice three times and each time it was like a lightbulb going on in my head.’

Pauline, manuscript appraisal


Novel in a month – Manchester city centre, £60 (from £150) – offer ends July

Dates – 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th August (price covers all sessions)

This 4 week face to face course takes place in Manchester city centre, tutored by Dr Sarah Dobbs, author of Killing Daniel (Unthank, 2012). Sarah tutors at Edge Hill and has previously lectured at Blackburn, Lancaster, Manchester and The Open University, as well as on The Guardian’s Masterclass series. Other work has been broadcast by the BBC, published in international journals and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Who is the course for?

Anyone who is writing or has ever wanted to write a novel. What will I study? You will undertake a series of intensive exercises each week which will help you focus and hone the work you are currently writing or have written. The weeks are broken down into: the idea, the plot, genre and markets. The first hour will be dedicated to exercises and models that can be adapted to improve your own ideas or novels. Work will be underpinned with critical analysis of published work.

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See who else is going here: Manchester Writing group

Week 1 –

The idea (fine-tuning your premise, ensuring conflict and character)

Surgeries: intensive peer and tutor feedback on work in progress/drafts

Week 2 –

The plot (Freytag’s Pyramid, building your architecture, suspense, plot pictures)

Surgeries: Work in progress/drafts

Week 3 –

Genre (some weeks will interconnect, but knowing your genre, writing within it and also how to write outside and subvert it will hone your writing and give it identity and marketability)

Surgeries: One to one tutorials / group feedback, as group prefers

Week 4 –

Markets (the importance of agents, editors, copy-editors, how to self-edit with lenses. The covering letter and synopsis. Where to go from here.

Surgeries: final WIP and reading of polished work

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS: all course participants receive a free 1 hour follow-up critique of work in progress worth £40 (e.g. 3 chapters / synopsis analysis etc.) These can be taken at any time within 3 months of completing the course.

How will I study? With a small group (max 12) of like-minded writers in a friendly, informal setting. This is intensive but isn’t school! You’ll be asked to bring in writing each week in order to fully benefit from the surgeries.

All other materials and refreshments will be provided.

You can email Sarah to ask any questions on sarahjanedobbs@gmail.com

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Starts tomorrow – online beginners Creative Writing, £39 (from £60)

Do something with your summer. We’ve got our next online beginners course starting tomorrow and it’s on offer at £39. There’s a couple of spaces left so why not try something new?

Further details and booking link below:

Saturday, 21 Jun 2014 For 4 weeks

2 spaces available.
An online payment is required to book.
Bookings end on June 20.
Tutored by Lancaster MA and PhD Graduate, Sarah Dobbs, author of Killing Daniel. Nominated for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize.

Starting to write – this online course encourages people completely new to creative writing, or those with a little background. You may have written when you were younger or have attended a short course a few years ago.

We will focus on strategies for developing new writing, becoming your own critic, how to plot interesting stories, developing characters and writing good dialogue. We will also look at how reading other authors’ work helps develop your own writing ability.

You will undertake exciting creative exercises that help you use all of your senses. This includes amateur photography, recording conversations and prop work. No technical skills necessary!

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Book here – https://bookwhen.com/writingmanchester

What our students say:

My creative writing skills have greatly improved after the course, and I would definitely recommend to anyone interested!’

Summeya, student (Beginners face to face and online)

‘I attended a four-week advanced short story course with Sarah Dobbs and I learnt many techniques for editing and finishing stories. CW the Artists Way have also helped with my novel both structurally and in line-by-line suggestions. There is nothing better than the expert advice of a practitioner who has developed skills in editing and teaching by writing.’

John, Writer (Advanced face to face and manuscript appraisal)

As a beginner in Creative Writing, I am very please with this course it gives you the right insight/skills you need to get started. Best of all, it stretches and challenges you so that you can define your own writing style.’

Shazia, student (Beginners face to face – intermediate online)

‘Thank you for your feedback and comments and advice. This afternoon I have read your advice three times and each time it was like a lightbulb going on in my head.’

Pauline, manuscript appraisal


We’ve made it easier to try something new!

Online, face-to-face and self-study writing courses
https://bookwhen.com/writingmanchester
Starting soon…

 

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Click here to see our new course calendar and book

June, 2014
17 Tue 7pm – 9pm Manchester Creative Writing workshop
21 Sat For 4 weeks Online Creative Writing for Beginners – 4 week course
22 Sun For 150 days Self-study – 10 weeks for £10 – Creative Writing for Complete Beginners

July
15 Tue 7pm – 9pm Manchester Creative Writing workshop

August
5 Tue 7pm – 9pm Novel in a Month (4 week face-to-face course)
9 Sat 11am – 12pm Creative Writing for Complete Beginners (4 week face-to-face course/PAYG)
16 Sat 11am – 12pm Creative Writing for Complete Beginners (4 week face-to-face course/PAYG)
23 Sat 11am – 12pm Creative Writing for Complete Beginners (4 week face-to-face course/PAYG)
30 Sat 11am – 12pm Creative Writing for Complete Beginners (4 week face-to-face course/PAYG)

 

Email Sarah with any questions! sarahjanedobbs@gmail.com

Or get in touch via our contact form