Overview

Introducing the Dare to Write? Academy Programme

The Dare to Write? Academy is for writers, writer-facilitators, educators, and researchers who want to develop their own creative practice and establish new projects that engage and inspire others to be involved in writing.

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The workshops, events and courses within our programme respond to the perspectives and habits of The Writer’s Cycle. You can take the workshops individually, or you can take a course including several workshops.

Due to the effects of Covid-19, we are running a smaller scale programme this summer and a larger programme of courses, events, and workshops will be available in 2021. Please fill in this form or email us at writers@papernations.org if you would like to be added to a mailing list which will be contacted when our 2021 programme is available.

This programme of events has been made possible through support from Arts Council England and Bath Spa University, to whom we are very grateful.

Past Events and Events Closed to Applications from the Public

Programme of Summer Classes 2020 with Aminatta Forna

Please note that bookings for our summer programme have now closed.

Professor Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna is an award-winning author and memoirist, with published titles including, Happiness, The Hired Man, The Memory of Love and Ancestor Stones, and a memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water. Her books have been translated into twenty two languages, with her essays appearing in Freeman’s, Granta, The Guardian, LitHub, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, The Observer and Vogue. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the Folio Academy. She has been a judge for the Giller Prize, the Samuel Johnson Prize (now Baillie Gifford), the Bailey Prize for Women’s Fiction, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the Caine Prize and the International Man Booker Prize.

Advanced Fiction and Memoir Masterclass

Please note, bookings for this session are now closed.

We are offering experienced writers of fiction or memoir the rare opportunity to join Aminatta Forna for an exclusive Masterclass to take their writing to the next level. This opportunity is designed for writers with a significant piece of creative work in progress and includes a manuscript review and access to Aminatta’s first class industry knowledge and expertise. There are spaces for up to eight writers.

The Masterclass will be held between July 20th and July 31st 2020 and will include a series of six, one hour, small-group masterclass sessions. These will cover writing craft, publication, technical application and time to ask questions. It will also include a manuscript review by Aminatta of 5,000-6,000 words of a work-in-progress and personalised feedback totalling two hours. All sessions will be held online via Zoom, and writers from anywhere in the world are welcome to apply.

This is a unique opportunity for personalised engagement with a highly experienced and award-winning writer, which has the potential to fast-track your professional practice and revolutionise the way you approach your writing career.

This opportunity is highly competitive and spaces are limited. A small number of scholarship places for this Masterclass have been allocated to underrepresented writers in the South West of England. These writers have already been selected.

Applying for a place*

To apply for a place, send a 2,000 word extract of your work in progress by midday, Monday 13th July for review by Aminatta Forna. Please submit your writing either via this Google Form. For writers whose email addresses are incompatible with Google Forms, please complete and return this Word Document application form.

All applicants will be contacted by Friday 17th July. Successful applicants will then receive joining instructions and payment details.

This opportunity is valued at £2,000 and is being offered at the reduced cost of £1,000.

*Please note that applications closed at midday on Monday 13th July. If you would like to register your interest for future masterclasses, please contact us on writers@papernations.org.

Schedule

July 20th (2pm – 3pm EST/ 7pm-8pm BST): Introduction
In this first session, you will meet your tutor, Aminatta Forna, and your writing cohort. You will set goals for what you will achieve during the Masterclass.

July 22nd (2pm – 3pm EST/ 7pm-8pm BST): Refinements in Perspective
Perspective, or point of view, is one of the most technical aspects of writing and the trickiest. In this session, we will discuss how to be sure you have made the right decision from the outset.

July 24th (2pm – 3pm EST/ 7pm-8pm BST): Characters Development
In this session, we will talk about the ways to avoid one-dimensionality and how to layer complexity upon your characters.

July 27th (2pm – 3pm EST/ 7pm-8pm BST): Structure: Strategies of Organisation and Structure
In this session, we will look at the organisational principles at a writer’s disposal and examine the narrative devices that best suit the story you wish to tell.

July 29th (2pm – 3pm EST/ 7pm-8pm BST): Write and Rewrite: Transforming the First Draft into the Finished Manuscript
In this session, we will discuss the elements you need to bear in mind when rewriting your manuscript. We will discuss whether readers help and how you know when you’ve done enough.

July 31st (2pm – 3pm EST/ 7pm-8pm BST): Towards Publication
In this session, we will tackle the questions that writers are keen to find answers to; from finding an agent, to the second book and to building a career from writing.

Questions
If you have any questions, email: writers@papernations.org. Please include ‘Masterclass Query’ in the subject line.

Dare to Write? Academy Summer Craft Workshops

Please note, bookings for these sessions have now closed.

As part of the Dare to Write? Academy Summer Classes, Paper Nations are offering emerging and experienced writers the opportunity to join Aminatta Forna for two exclusive two-hour writing craft workshops. This session will be hosted via Crowdcast.

The workshop will include writing exercises and Q&A access to Aminatta’s first class industry knowledge and expertise. It will be suitable for both emerging and experienced writers, providing insight on writing practice and craft as well as writing and publishing as a professional author.

Spaces will be limited to 30 writers.

Due to the anticipated popularity of this workshop, it will run twice (please see the booking slots below). Please note that the content of each workshop will be the same so there is no need to book twice.

Tickets: £40
Book for Tuesday 28th 2020 9am – 11am (EST)/ 2-4pm (BST) 

Book for Thursday 30th 2020 2pm – 4pm (EST)/ 7-9pm (BST)

Once you have successfully booked your place, joining instructions will be sent to you shortly before the workshop. The session will be hosted on Crowdcast, which can be accessed from a phone or computer, although many find a computer a more user-friendly experience.

Questions
If you have any questions, email: writers@papernations.org. Please include ‘Craft Workshop Query’ in the subject line.

In Conversation with Aminatta Forna

Please note, bookings for this session are now closed.

Aspiring and experienced writers and readers – join Paper Nations and Aminatta Forna for a one-off 75 minute event, In Conversation With Aminatta Forna. This will be a Q&A session hosted with Crowdcast and all are welcome.

This will be a Q&A session, hosted by Paper Nations, and all are welcome.

Tickets: £10
Book Tuesday 28th July 2020 3pm – 3.15pm (EST)/ 7-8.15pm (BST)

Once you have successfully booked your place, joining instructions will be sent to you shortly before the session. The session will be hosted on Crowdcast, which can be accessed from a phone or computer, although many find a computer a more user-friendly experience.

Questions
If you have any questions, email: writers@papernations.org. Please include ‘In Conversation with Aminatta Forna Query’ in the subject line.

Dare to Write? Academy Writing Groups

Starting in June 2020, the applicants to our Time to Write initiative were offered scholarships to attend our writing groups, led by local writing facilitators in South West England. We are delighted to have some immensely talented facilitators and students on board, including Costa Prize winner, Jasbinder Bilan, and painter and novelist, Ronnie McGrath.

‘Let ‘em hear you, let ‘em see you!’ with BBC Upload

This online workshop, run by BBC Upload presenter Adam Crowther, will help you turn written pieces into video and audio using just a mobile phone. You might want your writing to reach a larger audience using audio or video on social media, or perhaps you want to write specifically for those media? Whatever your motivation, this workshop will introduce you to the skills you’ll need to turn your mobile phone into an audio-visual content creation studio.

This free session took place on Friday 12th June 2020 but is available to watch back on Crowdcast.

Link: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/891wffr8
Event password (case sensitive): Papernations