National Academy of Writing delivers world class creative writing course as Oxbridge first

Top authors and literary figures to teach students at Pembroke College in 2013

The National Academy of Writing (NAW) will bring its unique approach to Creative Writing into the academic world through an exciting partnership with Cambridge University, it announced today.

NAW patrons, award-winning practitioners and literary figures will be offering their expertise to visiting students at Pembroke College (a constituent of Cambridge University) for a new creative writing course taking place as part of its 2013 summer school.

Plenary lecturers include Sir Michael Holroyd, one of Britain’s foremost literary biographers, Deborah Moggach best-selling novelist and screenwriter, Ion Trewin, author and literary director of the Man Booker Prizes, and Sophie Hannah, author of six internationally bestselling psychological thrillers.

Dr. Alan Dawson, Director of International Programmes, Pembroke College, Cambridge, said:

‘Over the last thirty-five years Pembroke has successfully pioneered College-based vacation programmes taught in the Cambridge style and aimed at students in search of an experience of living and learning in Cambridge.

The new collaboration between NAW and Pembroke will provide a unique opportunity for those with a commitment to developing their writing to meet and work with leading practitioners over three intense weeks in the delightful setting of one of Cambridge’s oldest and most forward-looking Colleges.

We are delighted to be working with the Academy and, with them, are looking forward to the launch of this exciting new venture.’

Along with lectures and seminars, students will benefit from a series of six Cambridge-style supervisions over the three weeks of the course.

Richard Beard, Author and Director of the National Academy of Writing, said:

“World class authors and literary figures will share their experience of different approaches to writing, presenting students with a valuable opportunity to learn creative techniques from highly successful practitioners. Our partnership with Pembroke College is reflective of our commitment to promoting best practice in creative writing to young people and aspiring writers.”

Lectures will look at the challenge of creating readable narrative from real lives, the distinction between genre and ‘literary’ writing, the challenges of adapting novels for the screen and the lessons for all writers to be learned from the disciplines of poetry. The course will also examine techniques for creating tension, the essential element in every reader’s urge to know what happens next. The course will also feature the unique NAW Masterclass, a public edit based on the Conservatoire system of music tuition.

The NAW/Pembroke College Creative Writing Summer School takes place between 21 July – 9 August 2013

For more information, please contact:

Zekra Rahman – [email protected]        0207 361 7861

Richard Beard – [email protected]