Bristol authors offer writing masterclass

December 19 2018

RESEARCH as a fiction writer isn’t just about getting the facts straight – it can also be the inspiration for your next story.

The Sparks and Flames masterclass at Bristol’s WriteClub on Saturday, February 16 will show you how to make research work for you. Take a look at ways to use research to inspire new projects and breathe life into the flames of existing projects.

 WriteClub, run by award-winning author Alison Powell, holds regular evening and all-day workshops in Bristol providing precious writing time as well as a chance to meet like-minded people. 

Alison used her interest in the 1966 Aberfan mining disaster as a starting point for her prize-winning manuscript When the Mountain Swallowed the Morning. 

She’ll show you how following your own curiosity can lead you to fantastic characters and great stories. 

Joining her for the Sparks and Flames masterclass will be WriteClub co-founder and Bishopston author Emily Koch, whose debut novel If I Die Before I Wake came out in early 2018. For it, she interviewed doctors and nurses treating people with locked-in syndrome and learned to rock climb.

 She will present the whys and wherefores of good research, discussing which corners are worth cutting and how to make your fiction rock solid.

The masterclass will be from 10am to 1pm at HOURS Space in Colston Yard, central Bristol. Tickets cost £45, and booking is essential.

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