Narrative Voice and the Unconventional Narrator - A Masterclass with Writer in Residence Katie Hale



Narrative Voice and the Unconventional Narrator - A Masterclass with Writer in Residence Katie Hale

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Participants in this masterclass will push their creative boundaries by exploring unconventional angles of storytelling. In particular, the group will experiment with writing non-human narrators, from animals to objects. What is it like to occupy a non-human body? How can writers explore non-human identity? How can non-human characters be written to remain believable to readers?  Using ‘thing’ narratives and examples of poetry that powerfully explore metamorphosis, the day masterclass thoroughly explores how best to write the ‘other’ as well as a narrator who leads readers into a story and shows them around.

Katie Hale is a poet, lyricist and novelist who says she has her ‘finger in a lot of art-related pies’. She can be found blogging, leading workshops, reviewing, managing and administering art projects, writing song lyrics, and even performing as the ‘occasional frontwoman of a guerrilla poetry mission’. She spent February 2019 as poet in residence at the Wordsworth Trust. Katie’s poetry has been published in two pamphlets – Breaking the Surface (2017) and Assembly Instructions (2019) – as well as magazines like Poetry Review. Her poetry has either won or been shortlisted for many prizes, including the Buzzwords Poetry Prize and the Manchester Poetry Prize. Her debut novel was 2019’s My Name is Monster.

Image: Phil Rigby

Tickets are priced at £45 which includes lunch and tea / coffee. 

Please note that in 2020 one place on each of our Writer in Residence masterclasses will be reserved for a new access initiative. Details coming soon.

Please note that tickets for this event are e-tickets. Book online and have your ticket emailed directly to you – then save the environment by bringing along your e-ticket on your phone or tablet and have it scanned as you enter the event. If you would prefer to print your ticket, black and white is fine.

A print and collect service is available to those without access to email facilities for a small charge to cover our admin costs. Call 01244 532350 or email for more information. Printed tickets will be available to collect from Reception before the event.