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Wann 04.03.2021 14:00 bis
08.04.2021 16:00
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CRAFTING A TEXT, CRAFTING A STORY
PROFESSONIAL DEVELOPMENT (B.A. ENGLISH STUDIES)/PROFESSIONAL TRAINING (M.A. ENGLISH LITERATURES AND CULTURES)


[In this workshop you can earn the credits for the modules Professional Development (B.A. English Studies) or Professional Training (M.A. English Literatures and Cultures).]


“Amateurs sit down and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just gets up and goes to work.” – Stephen King


What is a story, and how do you tell it? What makes a text effective, and how do we know that it works? In this workshop, we will be taking a hands-on approach to writing texts and telling stories. Students will first study the significance and craft of text and story, based on the latest findings of narratology, and then write and workshop both narrative and non-narrative texts. How do you become a professional at writing, how do you become a professional at crafting texts?


The answer is simple: You write the texts. You tell the stories.


After sessions on craft and the workshops, the students will have the opportunity to meet industry professionals from the UK and Germany to talk to them about their work, among them a bestselling author, a literary agent, a senior PR manager, and a journalist (subject to confirmation). They will receive feedback on their written work from the teacher as well as their fellow students, learn how to foster both their creativity and their writing discipline, understand what genre and its conventions mean for both narrative and non-narrative text and how to delve deep into a story and into a text, weaving a spell with words, be they clear and concise or epic and poetic.


The class will take place on Zoom. If you want to register, please send a brief writing sample (1-3 pages) in English to Professor Marion Gymnich ([Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]) by February 1st. The sample may be from a narrative or non-narrative text. Please also sketch on no more than one page why you would like to participate in this workshop.


The workshop will be taught by Christine Lehnen, author and associate lecturer. As C E Bernard, her fantasy fiction is published by Penguin Random House Germany. As C K Williams, she writes and publishes suspense novels with Harper Collins UK. As a journalist, she has written for DW.com, 42 Magazine, Le Taurillon and the Kölner-Stadtanzeiger. She has been teaching the Novel Writing Workshop at the University of Bonn since 2014, where numerous students have gone on to receive agency representation and subsequent book deals. She is represented by Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency in London. Christine Lehnen has published academically in Alluvium and The Journal of Literary Theory. After completing two Master’s degrees in Bonn anand Paris, one in English Literatures and Cultures and one in Political Sciences, she is about to take up doctoral studies at the University of Birmingham, pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing with a dissertation on violence, affect and structures of perpetration in contemporary retellings of the Trojan war. In her spare time, she is most likely out hiking in the Siebengebirge, cooking recipes of Yotam Ottolenghi’s, or finally finishing up the expansion packs of The Witcher III.

DATES:
Thursday
04.03.2021 14h-16h Crafting a Story
11.03.2021 14h-16h Crafting a Text
25.03.2021 14h-18h Workshopping a Story
01.04.2021 14h-18h Workshopping a Text
08.04.2021 14h-18h Guest Lecture: Panel of Industry Professionals from Germany and the UK

LITERATURE:
Abbott, H. Porter (2020). The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative. Cambridge: CUP.
Atwood, Margaret (2015). On Writers and Writing. London: Virago.
Gaiman, Neil (2017). The View from the Cheap Seats. London: William Morrow.
Gottschall, Jonathan (2013). The Story-Telling Animal. How Fiction Makes Us Human. Boston: Mariner Books.
Hogan, Patrick Colm (2011). Affective Narratology: The Emotional Structure of Stories. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
Kehlmann, Daniel (2010). Lob. Über Literatur. Hamburg: Rowohlt.
Kennedy, A. L. (2014). On Writing. London: Vintage.
Oatley, Keith (2012). The Passionate Muse. Exploring Emotions in Stories. Oxford: OUP.
Schneider, Wolf (2010). Deutsch für junge Profis. Wie man gut und lebendig schreibt. Hamburg: rororo.
Tolkien, J. R. R. (2007). The Monster and the Critics. And Other Essays. London: HarperCollins.

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