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I talk about how a love of reading led to experimenting with stories, studying creative writing at university and then a career in journalism.
I discuss the range of stories journalists cover – from cuddly animals to crime – along with new forms of journalism such as writing for the web and blogging.
I also detail my transition from telling other people’s stories as a reporter, to writing fiction as an author.
I use overheads – newspaper clippings, web screenshots and photos – to show the types of things a professional writer can tackle.
Importance of reading widely. How creative writing at school can lead to a career. Journalism. Journalistic ethics. Storytelling as a way of changing the world. Writing for the Internet. Researching and writing a novel.
This workshop aims to show that’s there’s never an excuse for saying, ‘I can’t think what to write.’ Story ideas are everywhere and it’s simply a matter of looking and listening out for them. We then explore how to take an idea and flesh it out, by focusing on the basics of a story: Characters […]