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Fiction Writing Masterclass: Psychic Distance with Emma Darwin
July 1 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Psychic Distance, or Narrative Distance, is a concept that John Gardner first introduced in his classic The Art of Fiction and it’s perhaps the single most useful and powerful way there is to think about how storytelling in fiction works. At heart, it’s about learning how to take your reader anywhere, from deep inside a single psyche, to a god’s-eye view of an entire battlefield. But it also brings together and solves all the vexed questions writers struggle with: showing versus telling, first- or third-person, point-of-view, narrators, voice and tone, pace, description, scene-building and structure.
In this practical workshop, we will first explore how Psychic Distance works in our own and others’ writing. After lunch, you will have time to try it out at your own pace, while Emma will be on hand to help you consolidate your understanding. You should leave with an exciting new tool in your toolkit, and a clear sense of how to use it on all your current and future writing projects.
Emma Darwin’s debut The Mathematics of Love is possibly the only novel nominated for both the Commonwealth Writers’ First Book, and RNA Novel of the Year awards. Her second, A Secret Alchemy, was a Sunday Times Bestseller, and Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction was published by Teach Yourself in 2016. She has taught creative writing in many places including the Open University, held Royal Literary Fund Fellowships at Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Music, and blogs at This Itch of Writing. She has been teaching Psychic Distance ever since she read about it in John Gardner a decade ago, and had her own lightbulb moment.
Tickets £68 for NWS Members, or £80 for non-members
This workshop includes a networking lunch. Lunch will be provided. To book please use the Paypal button below. You’ll receive a receipt via email which we ask you to accept as confirmation of your booking. We’ll send a reminder email in the week before the masterclass, with any additional details.