Write Your Novel
Adventures in Comedy Writing
Write Your Novel
It's easy to make excuses and let life get in the way of your writing. This course is designed to kickstart your creativity, whether you are just beginning or in the middle of your project. We will use various workshop exercises drawing on experience, memory, imagination and place for inspiration and there will be opportunities to share pieces of your writing in a relaxed and supportive setting. You will also receive plenty of constructive feedback on the work you produce in the sessions.
At the end of two weeks you will have a clear understanding of the technical aspects of novel writing as well as solid strategies to fuel your creative momentum well into the future.
Mez Packer studied Philosophy and Literature at Warwick University and afterwards spent time in Europe singing jazz in bars and nightclubs. She travelled widely in Asia, the Far East and the Caribbean before working for the BBC.
Mez is currently a visiting lecturer in Creative Writing at Coventry University and she has two published novels: Among Thieves (2009––nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize) and The Game is Altered (2012). She is currently completing her PhD and working on an Arts Council funded song cycle as well as writing scripts and short stories, and working on a new novel, set in India.
Adventures in Comedy Writing
Comedy, like any other art, is a craft. There are tips and techniques to be learnt. Simply put, if you can understand comedy grammar then unlocking the funny ideas becomes easier. From finding your creative inspiration to learning the building blocks of humour, this workshop will help you discover your unique comic voice.
Although a writing course, there would be some non-writing exercises designed to encourage the participant’s creativity. There would also be writing games with group feedback and tutor led suggestions to help you hone your comedy writing skills. By the end of the course you will know how to write comedy and will have the confidence to stand up on your own and make a group of total strangers laugh.
Not only will you learn some tricks of the trade, you will also gain a greater awareness of the multitude of differing comic styles that the group manifest. These comedy skills aren’t only for the professional; they are also a fantastic way to think outside of the box, hone your communication skills and increase your confidence in everyday life.
More importantly, you will laugh loads over the entire course.
Logan Murray is a working comic and award winning director, author of ‘Teach Yourself Stand Up Comedy’, and script consultant for the BBC.
He has recently run a series of writing workshops for the Radio Four Comedy Department. He teaches all over the World the Art and Craft of Comedy as far West as Colorado and as far East as Shanghai.
Logan has taught many of the comedians, comedy actors and script writers who have appeared on TV and Radio over the past fifteen years, but is far too modest to boast about it here. There is, however, a list of past alumni on his website…
His courses offer a unique opportunity to find out what a comedian’s mindset is like and explore his belief that Comedy really is a life skill!
Run by experienced creative writing tutor Leigh Russell, the course presents techniques to engage readers' interest and keep them turning the pages. Offering plenty of scope for students to develop their own writing skills, the course will consider areas including character, plot, structure, pace and language.
Leigh teaches students ranging from bestselling authors, to complete beginners and is well known for her encouraging teaching methods. By the end of the course attendees will develop their own writing voice, and have the confidence to work on completing manuscripts suitable for submission to agents and publishers.
After many years teaching English in secondary school, internationally bestselling author Leigh Russell now writes crime fiction full time. Published in English and in translation throughout Europe, her Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson titles have appeared on many bestseller lists, including #1 on kindle. Leigh's work has been nominated for several major awards, including the CWA New Blood Dagger and CWA Dagger in the Library, and her Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson series are in development for television with Avalon Television Ltd..
Journey to Death is the first title in her Lucy Hall series published worldwide by Thomas and Mercer.
Leigh's extensive experience in teaching teenagers and adults, combined with her experience in writing many bestselling books, make her a popular tutor for The Writers Lab.
Mindlessness is a course for people who are interested in laughter, both doing it and making it happen. If you want to be a comic novelist, a playwright, a writer of screen plays, sketches, poetry and gags or, if you are really deranged and want to be a stand up comedian, then there will be something here for you. If, on the other hand you have no such ambition but just want to sit around laughing in the Aegean sun then you too are welcome.
There will be discussions about what is funny and exercises in how to make funny happen. You will be invited to write stories, poems and one-liners, and to recount anecdotes about your shameful past; you will learn about the rule of 3, the importance of the call back and how to cope with deranged hecklers. Most importantly, at the end everyone gets a certificate.
Some of my methods are old school e.g I will cane anyone who is more than ten minutes late and I must be addressed at all times as sir.
Arthur Smith is a comedian, writer, broadcaster and erstwhile Grumpy Old Man. As a stand up comic he has performed all over the world especially in Edinburgh where he has won the lifetime achievement award as ‘spirit of the fringe.’ He has written several stage plays, the most successful of which, An Evening with Gary Lineker, ran for several years in the West End. He recently performed Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen in Edinburgh, London and beyond. He appears regularly on the One Show, Radio 4 and presents The Comedy Club on Radio 4 Extra. He was also, briefly, the voice of the woman’s stomach in a Yakult ad.
His acclaimed autobiography My name is Daphne Fairfax was widely admired and if it turns out you have read it you will qualify for ‘teacher’s pet.’