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An Introduction to the Writing Life
James Rebanks and Kathryn Aalto welcome you to The Friendly Little Writing School, a warm place for all to gather, learn & grow.

PASSION: THINK LIKE A WRITER (12 Oct)
8:00-8:45 PM We give an overview of our four evenings together. We then discuss why we write, how we choose our topics, the habits we employ & how we got into the game. Whether you aspire to write professionally or personally, we offer insights into identifying subject matter.

8:45-9:15 PM We are joined by our friend Ed Caesar - staff writer for The New Yorker & author of two books including The Moth and the Mountain (2020).

9:15-9:30 PM Q&A

PLANNING: ORGANISE LIKE A WRITER (19 Oct)
8-8:45 PM We discuss how we organise our lives to write & how we organise our thoughts on the page. We share challenges & highlights, offering tips for getting started & ways to cultivate your mental & physical space to set up a writing practice.

8:45-9:15 PM We write creative nonfiction, a genre also known as narrative nonfiction & fact-based storytelling. It is about 'show, don't tell.' We discuss components of creative nonfiction & how we combine research with fictional devices to make our nonfiction come alive.

9:15-9:30 PM Q&A

PENNING: WRITE LIKE A WRITER (26 Oct)
8-8:45 PM We look at simple ways that you can become a better writer: exploring & sharing some stylistic techniques. Writing well starts with simple choices between words & being clear what kinds of words would be most effective for your task. We will also focus on the craft of writing great sentences & using different kinds of sentences to craft paragraphs with rhythm, emotion & momentum.

8:45-9:15 PM We chat about language with our friend, poet Jane Clarke - author of The River (2015) & When the Tree Falls (2020).

9:15-9:30 Q&A

PUBLISHING: HOW DOES IT HAPPEN? (2 Nov)
8-9 PM How do you go from no byline to bestseller? There is no one-size-fits-all answer, but we offer insider knowledge about agents, proposals & author platform.

9-9:30 Q&A
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