Birmingham publisher joins forces with prize-winning authors

Summer school for writers launched

Birmingham-based Tindal Street Press is joining forces with celebrated authors including Helen Cross and Catherine O’Flynn to host a series of intensive creative writing masterclasses over the summer.

The two-day masterclasses, to be held over four weekends in July and August, will cater to a range of skills from first-time creative writers to experienced authors moving into a new genre such as short story or crime writing. The masterclasses will help new writers put pen to paper, as well as workshopping existing material for practising writers who are stuck on their current project.

Cross, whose My Summer of Love was made into a successful feature film, and O’Flynn, author of Costa-winning What Was Lost, are among four authors who will join Alan Mahar, Tindal Street’s publishing director, to deliver the courses. Speaking of the announcement, Mahar said: “This is a chance for first-time creative writers to those more experienced and wanting to try their hard at a new genre. Regardless of where they are on the creative journey, they’ll find their abilities benefit from professional advice, and attending one of our weekend workshops can guide them towards something they can be proud of.”

A Birmingham-based author of three novels, Cross added: “Every writer needs to learn and practise their craft, find and strengthen their creative voice. This masterclass programme offers an invaluable opportunity for writers to take risks, explore and develop.”

The masterclasses will also be a taster for Tindal Street’s upcoming weekly masterclasses, piloted successfully in January and starting again in September 2012. To add to the creative atmosphere, the summer classes will be held in Room 101, known affectionately as The Orwell Suite, at Tindal Street’s home at the Custard Factory in Digbeth.

Established in 1998, Tindal Street Press is an independent publisher of literary fiction with a reputation for excellence, with three books listed for the Booker Prize in the last nine years alone.

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Tindal Street Press is an independent publisher of regional literary fiction with a national reputation for excellence and a prize-listing record that is the envy of many established imprints.

Based in Birmingham, it is a not-for-profit arts organization established in 1998 and part-funded by Arts Council England. It aims to find writers of national and international significance from places other than London and the South East.
Its head office is at The Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham.

The courses are:
Getting started, 6–7 July 2012
Taking on the novel, 3–4 August 2012
Short story masterclass, 10–11 August 2012
Writing crime, 27–28 July 2012

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