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WORKSHOP: Writing Creative Non-Fiction with Avril Joy | Wednesday 17 July, 6.30pm

WORKSHOP: Writing Creative Non-Fiction with Avril Joy | Wednesday 17 July, 6.30pm

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Do you have a story you want to tell? Are you interested in writing creative non-fiction? Join us for this workshop, with Costa Award-winning author Avril Joy...


Creative nonfiction is an umbrella term for a genre that includes memoir, personal essays, travel, and nature writing, as well as narrative journalism and the lyric essay. Often defined simply as a "true story well told" (Lee Gutkind, You Can't Make This Stuff Up) it applies literary techniques usually associated with fiction or poetry to non-fiction content, experimenting with form in new and exciting ways.

Bring along your notebook and pen, pick up a glass of wine or coffee and cake, and then explore with Avril what it means to embark on writing your story and how you might translate your ideas to the page. Along with writing prompts to help you get started, or to further your existing work, we will discuss what form your work might take - informed and inspired by helpful reading lists drawn up by Avril and the team at Collected Books.


Avril Joy is an award winning novelist, short story writer and poet. She was born and brought up on the Somerset Levels. Moving from Norwich to London she taught in Greenwich and Deptford and studied at Goldsmith’s College before moving north and then travelling widely in India, Kashmir and Nepal. On her return home, Avril began working as a temporary teacher in  HMP Low Newton, a women’s prison on the outskirts of Durham city, where she met Writer-in-Residence Wendy Robertson and began writing. Until then she had no thoughts of being a writer.

In 2003 she won a Northern Promise Award, from New Writing North. A few years later, when her children were up and leaving home, she finally left the prison in order to write. She was by this time a Prison Governor with responsibility for learning and skills development. Avril says, ‘I hadn’t meant to stay at Low Newton for so long but almost from the start I became deeply involved with the women and their lives – and in many ways that never leaves me. I see it creep again and again into my writing…’

Avril's books include Going In With FlowersSometimes A River SongThis One Wild Place, and The Silent Women.


Tickets: £25.00 per person; limited spaces available. Ticket includes a 25% discount on one of Avril's books

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