New term: Mon 17 Sept -25 Nov (excluding 26 Oct)
This class is for writers who have writing projects underway. The workshop offers the opportunity to gain valuable feedback and to read and critique the work of others.
Each week three or four writers submit up to 3,000 words, to be read ahead of class. In the workshop we discuss what works, what doesn't work, and how the piece can be improved, focusing on characterisation, point of view, writing scenes, narrative structure, and the basic elements of good, clear prose.
Students will be asked to complete a questionnaire at the start of term to outline their project and what they hope to achieve by the end of the course. The course is bolstered by visits from published authors and agents, which have so far included authors Natalie Young, Carol Topolski, Natasha Soobramanien, Zelda Rhiando, agents Sophie Lambert of the Tibor Jones agency and Jemima Hunt from The Writers Practice and Vicky Blunden from independent publisher Myriad Editions.
“Being part of a group of writers gives me no end of encouragement. It's great to have a group, who can push you back in the right direction when you wander off track.”
"I've finally started writing the novel I'd failed to begin since 1986 - thanks to the Literary Kitchen!”
"The Workshop has been revolutionary for me: it has enabled me to write again. Andrea is a fantastic teacher - committed, passionate, serious and demanding."
"Literary Kitchen has awakened my creative side and given me a fresh outlook on life. I have not only enjoyed writing with the group, it has opened my mind to all kinds of creative opportunities I may not otherwise have seen or recognised."
"Any budding writer will gain immeasurably from the Literary Kitchen courses. They turn beginner writers into confident, measured writers."
"This course will stretch you, increase your confidence and skills and push you to find your voice as a writer. Literary Kitchen is a place to let your imagination and creativity thrive and grow."
"If you want to learn more about your writing, how to critique other people's work, and realsie all the mistakes you're making ..."
"A really great collaborative experience. I've loved reading the work that's come out of the workshop and appreciate the insight the process has given me into my own writing."
"Before you pay a lot of money for a course in Central London, give this one a go. I learned more and wrote better with Literary Kitchen than with the other courses I tried."
"I found the course challenging and supportive, and felt inspired to start sending work out. It was also useful to have the input of literary agents and published novelists during the course."