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A fresh slant for Swanwick 2014

This year, our programme has a distinct theme. It has been designed to help you take that giant leap from raw material to finished – and published – product, whatever that product might be. And we are including extra writing/tuition time to help you achieve just that.

As you can see, we are featuring our usual inspirational selection of 4-part Specialist Courses and 2-part Short Courses, each run by tutors who really know their subject. These courses form part of a linked series of tutorials aimed at helping you to move from the raw article to the end product – including the editing and formatting process – right through to the all important aspect of selling both it and you.

At Swanwick 2014, you will have the opportunity to learn more about …

 Short stories

 The novel

 Poetry

 TV screenwriting

 Autobiography

 Crime

 Journalism

 Creativity

 A different look at plotting

 The synopsis

 Competitions

 Playwriting

 Creating a fantasy world

 Selling to magazines

 Public speaking

 Comedy writing

 Children’s fiction

 Novel approaches to developing characters

 e-Publishing

… and much, more more.

PLUS – The Write Hour to put it all into practice

We have had a lot of feedback indicating that you would like more time to write - so we have replaced our traditional afternoon 1-hour sessions with ‘The Write Hour’.

These facilitated workshops have been developed in conjunction with our course leaders. Their purpose is to give you time to write and learn from others through listening to their work and getting feedback on your own. By the end of the week you will be able to have a solid body of work to take away and build on!

Your voice matters at Swanwick

Every year, we ask for your feedback and you never let us down in terms of an honest appraisal. We have listened to, and acted upon, that feedback with the following results.

Our approach to change has been evolutionary rather than revolutionary, so much of the programme remains the same – with the following important differences:

Our approach for 2014 is centred on the aim of enabling you to go away with something substantial that you can then build on.

We have revised the timetable so that the evening entertainments will begin earlier, thus allowing more people to participate and still be able to get a nightcap in the bar.

We are making it easier for like-minded individuals to write/work/relax together by introducing a central information ‘hub’ to exchange news and views.

Tuesday afternoons remain free for you to spend as you wish - from outings of your choice to quiet relaxation – but we have included some programme options as well.

We are still developing some elements of the programme and you can keep right up to date on them by visiting our brilliant new website.

A happy writing thought by Somerset Maugham:

“There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

Come to Swanwick and prove him wrong.

From: August 09, 2014 09:00
To: August 15, 2014 15:15

The Hayes Conference Centre, DE55 1AU, United Kingdom


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