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Creative Writing - A Masterclass with Courttia Newland

  • New Beacon Books 76 Stroud Green Road London, England, N4 3EN United Kingdom (map)

Creative Writing - A Masterclass with Courttia Newland

A master class headed up by reknowned author; Courttia Newland. The session will cover the key techniques to help develop your individual voice as a writer. 
The aim of this course is to foster a lively atmosphere in which discussion and the spirit of engagement create a supportive and inspiring environment. Explorations of technique, process and motivation form a large part of the course. As does reading.

Courttia;  "Having read all my life and found it a great source of pleasure, one thing had always bothered me - I never saw myself reflected in the pages of anything I read. This prompted me to write my first book and has kept me inspired to date! Telling untold stories keeps me alive".


  • Learn advanced writing techniques such as characterisation, setting, dialogue, and more through materials, resources, and practical exercises

  • Short exercises to inspire ideas

  • Group discussions

  • Plot, structure and narrative

  • By the end of the course you should be beginning to find your voice: the material and style which belong to you; and you will have had the opportunity to write one or two short stories, or the beginning of a novel, in a space where you are taken seriously as a writer.


Tutor profiles

Courttia Newland 


Courttia Newland is the author of seven works of fiction that include his debut, The Scholar.His latest novel, The Gospel According to Cane, was published in 2013 and has beenoptioned by Cowboy Films. He was nominated for the Impac Dublin Literary Award, Then Frank O’ Conner award, The CWA Dagger in the Library Award, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and The Theatre 503 Award for playwriting as well as numerous others. His short stories have appeared in anthologies including Best of British Short Stories 2017 and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 2016 he was awarded the Tayner Barbers Award for science fiction writing and the Roland Rees Busary for playwriting. He is associate lecturer in creative writing at the University of Westminster and is completing a PhD in creative writing.


Michael La Rose

Born in Trinidad, Michael La Rose is a director of New Beacon Books. He is a writer, researcher and lecturer on popular culture of the African diaspora. He has been researching the Carnival movement in Britain and has published: Mas in Notting Hill: Documents in the Struggle for a Representative and Democratic Carnival 1989/90 (compiler), Police Carnival 1989 (co-editor), The Gerald Forsyth Story: The lifetime journey of a pan legend in the steelband movement (editor), Carl Gabriel; Carnival artist. He has also written many essays on Carnival and most recently co-edited the young people’s educational publication The History of the Steelband.

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