6 October – 1 December 2012
An exciting and practical writing workshop exploring ways of engaging with the city through writing. Whether it’s for you or your characters, we’ll create stories in museums and art galleries, on side streets and waterways, while eating and walking, and use the city landscape – from the hidden herb garden to Soho’s historic streets – as a rich resource for personal and fictional stories. The workshop will teach you how to map a character’s journey (and your own) through the city; look closely at ways in which the environment impacts on their psychology; and explore the shapes and symbolic resonances of the urban landscape. London will be our laboratory, so whether you’re writing fiction, science-fiction or memoir, the exercises are devised to suit all genres and cities!
All participants will be included in a final anthology of work, and be invited to contribute to the project’s blog.
You’ll also get to explore the works of other writers who’ve used the city as the setting and inspiration for their fiction, and be guided by psychogeography‘s principles to roam the city in the name of discovery and transformation, and to deepen your understanding of your own place in London’s landscape.
There’ll be writing suggestions and exercises between each session. All participants will be included in Writers in the Crowd, an anthology of writing in the city. A dedicated and password-protected Course Blog will be available for participants to share their work throughout the workshop.
limited to 8 participants (1 place remaining)
The workshop will be led by Shaun Levin
- Day 1: Introductions, Approaches to Writing the City (6 Oct)
- Day 2: The Naming of Things: Geffrye Museum and Herb Garden (13 Oct)
- Day 3: A Collaborative Map: Seven Dials and Tea at the Covent Garden Hotel (27 Oct)
- Day 4: Moving Pictures: Tate Modern, Thames Walk or Boat Ride (10 Nov)
- Day 5: In Sickness and Health: Old Operating Theatre Museum and Borough Market (24 Nov)
- Day 6: Putting it All Together: Shaping the Work (1 Dec)
Shaun Levin is the author of Seven Sweet Things, A Year of Two Summers, and Snapshots of the Boy. His most recent work is a fictional biography of the London-born painter, Mark Gertler. He has taught writing for twenty years, and run workshops in cafes, art galleries, bookshops, parks, a cemetery, and a zoo. Shaun is passionate about exploring the landscape, the sea, the urban environment, as well as other art forms to enrich our stories and take writing to new and unexpected places. He has lived in London for the past fifteen years and has made the city an integral and important part of his work.
Dates: Saturdays (fortnightly, except second and last weeks)
(6 October, 13 October, 27 October, 10 November, 24 November, 1 December)
Fee: £265 (£230 early-bird booking before 20 August)
price includes entrance fees, tea and cake at The Covent Garden Hotel, and boat ride
Click to pay, or contact shaun [at] shaunlevin.com for other methods of payment and any questions