ATELIERS, STAGES & MASTERCLASSES
Applications are now being accepted for Ann Tashi Slater’s A Few Well-Chosen Words: Writing Flash Fiction, Francisco Goldman’s Constructing a Narrative: Fiction & Nonfiction and Jon Lee Anderson’s Capturing the Story.
WRITING WORKSHOPS & MASTERCLASSES
Constructing a Narrative: Fiction & Nonfiction
Nikolai Gogol once said that the true, unwritten last line of every story is: “And nothing was ever the same again.” Something similar could also be said of the first line: “And from that moment on, everything was about to change.” (How do we find that moment? —almost never on the first try, that’s for sure. ) In this workshop we will focus on how to construct a narrative, whether it be in the form of fiction or nonfiction. We will begin with a thorough exploration of the opening sentence and paragraph, examining how it can establish a story’s DNA — setting, character, voice, structure, rhythm — and go from there. We proceed from the basic questions:
How do we find or create a character?
How do we find a structure?
Who is telling the story?
Where is the story being told from?
How do we feel our way through a story?
How does time work in the story?
Why is there a need to tell this particular story?
The goal is for the student to complete a brief story or narrative by the end of the week. In our workshop, we want to establish a rigorous but supportive and positive atmosphere. We want to be critical readers, but always in a spirit of mutual encouragement. Nobody in this workshop should ever feel inhibited from taking risks and wild chances – the workshop is your safety net. Students should want to learn, experiment, work hard, but we also want to have fun.
Participants will also benefit from the presence of the acclaimed journalist Jon Lee Anderson, who will be conducting Capturing the Story during the same week. We will each give a talk at the other’s workshop; the talks will be open to participants of both workshops.
Tuition fee: €800. Accommodation at LPP, Sunday to Sunday: €325, €525, or €725, depending on room size. Participants who wish to take both this masterclass and Jon Lee Anderson’s Capturing the Story will pay an overall tuition fee of €1200 for the two classes (accommodation is additional).
28 July – 1 August
Capturing the Story
Jon Lee Anderson
Was the late Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez a buffoon, a good man, or a catastrophe for his country? What was the secret to Fidel Castro’s extreme longevity in power? What made Muammar Qaddafi tick? What does a dictator keep on his nightstand, and why? Does a terrorist feel guilt? How does one tell the story of a war?
Every good story begins by asking the right questions. In bearing witness, do you offer a forensic examination of what fills your senses or do you just recount the plain truth of what you see, hear and smell? These are some of the issues we will address in this intensive masterclass. Whether you write on war, travel, or in some other genre, long-form journalism relies on knowing how to perceive a moment and convey its truth in an honest and deliberate way, just as a photographer does in a snapshot. We’ll look at how to locate the telling detail and how to construct a story structure, dissecting some of my own pieces to see how they are built, discerning the details selected and the structural decisions taken to reach the final form. During the workshop you will be asked to go out, locate a single moment, and report it, situating it in space and time and conveying its significance.
In addition to the group work, over the course of the five days each participant will have an extensive private session with me. Participants will also benefit from the presence of the acclaimed novelist and journalist Francisco Goldman, who will be conducting Constructing a Narrative during the same week. We will each give a talk at the other’s workshop; the talks will be open to participants of both workshops. At the end of the week, you should come away from the week with new tools at your command, a strengthened sense of your aims and abilities, increased confidence in your ability to tell a story, and, hopefully too, a sense of shared purpose and enduring friendship with your fellow participants.
Tuition fee: €800. Accommodation at LPP, Sunday to Sunday: €325, €525, or €725, depending on room size. Participants who wish to take both this masterclass and Francisco Goldman’s Constructing a Narrative will pay an overall tuition fee of €1200 for the two classes (accommodation is additional).
A Few Well-Chosen Words: Writing Flash Fiction
Ann Tashi Slater
This five-day workshop focuses on the short story, with special attention paid to flash fiction, or stories about 300-1000 words long. How to tell a complete, compelling story in so few words? In addition to reading short shorts by well-known authors, we will experiment with different techniques and approaches through a range of writing exercises. Participants may bring a story with them for critique and revision; we will also make use of prompts inspired by the village of Noyers sur Serein, with the aim of producing a finished flash by the end of the workshop. The group will meet in the mornings, with the afternoons free for writing. Each writer will also be offered one private session with the tutor. Participants should come away from this intensive week with renewed inspiration and some freshly honed writing skills.
Tuition fee: €600. Accommodation, Sunday to Sunday: €325, €525, or €725, depending on room size.
Painting a Story: The Materials & Methods of Art
What stories, myths and archetypes capture your imagination? Drawing upon personal narrative or collective stories to provide meaningful content and layers for our visual work, in this workshop we will focus on the use of traditional painting techniques to produce resonant contemporary work that draws upon a classical foundation of materials and methods. My own working practice centres strongly on oil painting with an accompanying use of watercolour, pastel, gouache, acrylic, succhi d’herba, charcoal, and ink painting. Under my guidance, students of varying levels of expertise will concentrate on the particular techniques each wishes to learn or develop. Where relevant, we will work also with digital imaging technologies. A strong believer in the hand-made, I also believe that improving one’s acquaintance with contemporary technologies can be an enormous aid to creating surprising and innovative works. Valuable not only for speeding up parts of the process of creation, these technologies can offer a fast track to picturing different possibilties for your compositions. Students may work from imagination, from life or from photos.There will be ample opportunity for one-on-one tutoring. Participants should come away from the workshop with a renewed excitement and sense of vision for inspired creative work along with a heightened understanding of how to achieve it through the canny use of traditional and contemporary materials and methods. All levels of artistic experience are welcome.
Tuition fee: €750. Accommodation, Sunday to Sunday: €325, €525, or €725, depending on room size. Two participants who sign up together would pay combined tuition of 1200€ (600€ each), or combined tuition and accommodation of 1800€ (900€ each for tuition and accommodation). Partial tuition scholarships are available.
The Atelier Programme
Mia Funk, Willem Adriaan de Bruyn, Peter Sorrell and others
Do you want a private atelier course in a specific discipline? We can arrange one-on-one courses for individuals and tailor group workshops to suit your interests and preferred dates. All 2D and 3D techniques are taught: drawing in charcoal, pencil or other media; watercolour or gouache; oil or acrylic painting; tempera; fresco; sculpting in stone; clay modelling and many other disciplines.