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RSL and Booker Prize Foundation announce writing masterclasses

2nd February 2011

Four 'exceptional' authors are to present writing masterclasses this year as part of a collaboration between the Royal Society of Literature (RSL) and the Booker Prize Foundation.

The classes, which are open to members of the RSL as well as non-members, are designed to hone the skills of newcomers and established authors and allow them to have their work critiqued by a professional.

Whitbread Novel Award winner Ali Smith is to run a class entitled Tell It Like It Is - The Art of Fiction at Brighton's Jubilee Library on March 12th, while travel writer Colin Thubron will present Evoking the Spirit of a Place on May 21st at Somerset House in London.

Candia McWilliam, winner of the 1994 Guardian First Book Award, will host the Memory and Imagination masterclass on September 24th at Stockbridge Library in Edinburgh. William Boyd's Adapting Words for the Screen will complete the programme at Somerset House, with the date for this event to be confirmed later in the year.

Thubron, president of the RSL, commented: 'With our Booker Prize Foundation partners we are giving masterclasses that are intensive, highly skilled and generous to students' individual needs. Few three-hour periods could be better spent.'

Last year, the Booker Prize Foundation announced that almost 18,000 freshers at five universities will be involved in its student reading programme.
 

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