Building Stories

Weekend masterclass, -
John Donat / RIBA Collections

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Experience two of London’s iconic buildings from a writer’s perspective

Course dates: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March 2018

Times: 10.30 – 17.00

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Explore the connections between our built environment and our imagination. On this weekend creative writing course, you’ll use the experience of our public and private spaces to inspire strong, evocative fiction. Led by award-winning writers and Birkbeck tutors, you’ll develop skills in both poetry and prose writing, and learn how sensory responses to our environment can inform narrative, character development, and plot in your writing.

Over two days we’ll tackle the fundamentals of good storytelling, looking at constructing characters, developing conflict, choosing point of view and discovering the power of secrets. We’ll learn from architectural practice, studying blueprints and how to read particular buildings, to help us explore the surprising links between architectural and story structures.

This course is led by Zoe Gilbert and Lily Dunn, London Lit Lab’s co-founders and creative writing tutors. Zoe Gilbert is an award-winning short story writer (Folk, Bloomsbury 2018), and Lily Dunn is a writer of novels (Shadowing the Sun, Portobello) and creative nonfiction (Granta). With special guest Julia Bell. A collaboration between Birkbeck, University of London, the British Library and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Participants should meet on Saturday at 

66 Portland Place
London W1B 1AD

RIBA Members should book the Member rate.

Photo credit: John Donat / RIBA Collections

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Name: Building Stories
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £185.00
Member: £157.00
Senior 60+: £167.00
Student: £157.00
Registered Unemployed: £157.00
Friend of the British Library: £157.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546