Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Demand for high quality regional writing courses is evident as Tindal Street Press launch new creative writing masterclass

Tindal Street’s new creative writing masterclasses meet demand from Birmingham’s budding writing talent.

Tindal Street Press – Birmingham’s celebrated independent fiction publisher – has seen a healthy demand for its new writing masterclasses, which start this week in Birmingham.

The new courses – catering for both novice and more experienced writers – offer the unique opportunity to learn from a prestigious creative writing teacher, guest speaker events and expert tuition by some of the country’s leading writers, with the additional advantage of insider publishing knowledge. Tindal Street has a reputation for finding and nurturing new writers who go on to prize success, which has included three Man Booker prize listings, two Orange Prize and Commonwealth Writers’ Prize P nominations and two Costa First Novel wins.

Tindal Street’s Publishing Director, Alan Mahar, explains, “We are really pleased with the uptake for the new courses and it proves the demand for high quality writing advice and tuition in the region. We have discovered time and again that there is so much raw talent outside of London and we wanted to give writers outside London the opportunity to develop their craft and learn a professional approach to fiction writing.”

“This new initiative will see regional writers benefiting from the care and expertise that has launched the careers of our highly successful star authors. Catherine O’Flynn, Clare Morrall, Gaynor Arnold and Raphael Selbourne have all come from the Tindal Street stable and all these authors will make guest appearances on the course, alongside other well-known writers from the Midlands such as Jim Crace, Helen Cross and Mike Gayle.”

Tindal Street Press has appointed award-winning author and experienced creative writing tutor Josie Barnard to run the ten-week courses. Josie has worked for Faber’s acclaimed writing academy and has recently published her Book of Friendship with Virago. Tindal Street Press staff, including Publishing Director Alan Mahar and Senior Editor Luke Brown, will also make appearances on the course.

Courses take place over two evenings each week in the stylish Fazeley Studios on Fazeley Street, Digbeth, in Birmingham’s creative Eastside, starting Monday 9 January .

For further information and a prospectus please visit www.tindalstreet.co.uk/masterclasses.

Please contact Zeena Lemon 01299 832116/07504234044 or Alan Mahar on 0121 773 8157 for more information and interview opportunities with authors.

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