Rae Argent, a writer friend of mine, went this year. She's an avid 'Swanwicker' and shares her experiences of this year's event on my blog this week. Take it away, Rae!
What's to say. Swanwick was fantastic.
One of my favourite parts was our guest speaker James Moran (script writer for Dr Who, Primeval, Torchwood, Tower Block etc.) who ran a workshop. That was a brilliant insight into what goes on behind the scenes and how to break into scriptwriting.
One of the courses I participated in was 'Literary Novels' - quite different from what I had expected but well worth going to. It encouraged us to use imagery, not to curb our imaginations, and to introduce very well rounded characters.
'Fiction from Fact', a workshop by Syd Moore, was brilliant too. She encouraged us to write a short piece from a short sentence and let our imaginations do the work. We were also tasked with writing a list of everyday questions we might ask our characters - that was fun!
Our last evening speaker was Deborah Moggach, writer of "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel", among others. She told us how it felt to watch her novel being turned into a film and where some of her ideas came from.
Also, there was a workshop on short story competitions from Linda Lewis full of useful hints and how to make our stories stand out from the rest.
There were umpteen other courses/workshops. It was just FAB.
Thanks Rae - I bet you'll be heading off to Swanwick again as soon as you can! Keep an eye on the Swanwick website to see when 2014 tickets are available.
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