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7th Street Studio

Courses & Workshops 2019 (in JOHANNESBURG) Booking essential as groups are small and places limited.

EMAIL: mail@fionamelrose.com in SA PHONE:: 071 149 4756

INTRODUCTION TO FICTION WRITING, JAN 15, Tuesdays, 6-8pm and for another 5 weeks VENUE: Parkhurst

A 6 week course designed to cover all aspect of novel writing as well as generate ideas to get you going . This is a primer course for those who wish to start writing or for those with an idea that has stalled. Plot, character, dialogue etc will be covered. Exercises and strategies for beginning and continuing your writing practice. R3 000 materials/ refreshments incl

PROCESS WORKSHOP, MARCH 6, 1/2 day workshop 9am-12pm

A half day looking at your writing process and the strategies you might use to keep your writing on track and make the best use of your writing time. How to use a Process Diary, harvest words and make sure you are using your notes and ideas to full advantage. This is a practical workshop with lots of exercises and take-away tools. R750 materials/refreshments incl.

READING AND WRITING GARDENS 26 MARCH + 2 APRIL 9am-11.30am VENUE: Garden of St Christopher, Hyde Park

Two mornings immersed in a beautiful garden setting looking at the literary gardens we have come to know and love. What do gardens mean in literature, what is their function in the novel? We will be talking about some classics of gardens in literature and then you will be writing your own prose, taking inspiration from the surrounding garden. Specific exercises will be set so that you have a starting point and make best use of your time in the garden. R1 100 incl materials/refreshments.

WEEKEND TUTORED RETREAT - WRITING LANDSCAPES

Mapping narratives and mapping the writing self. This weekend will offer you a full immersion into your work by examining how landscapes influence our work, how to use landscapes effectively in your writing as well as try to uncover your own internal landscapes, your psycho-geography and how it is driving your writing . The mountains of the Magaliesberg will form the basis of our writing enquiry and inspire our practice. Mornings are structured tutoring sessions while afternoons are for writing and walking. Some exercises will be held out of doors during walks. to make full use of the ancient geography of the venue.

This retreat is best suited to those who have completed the Intro to Fiction Writing but will also be hugely beneficial for those who wish to put aside a weekend to really kick start a project.

NB Please note that exact dates of retreat still need to be finalised and prices of accommodation etc have not yet been set for 2019. Please do register your interest though as there is high interest in this retreat. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

July 25.26,27 (TBC) VENUE: Magaliesberg.