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Guardian Masterclasses at Stratford

Monday 30th March 2015

The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is delighted to be partnering with Guardian Masterclasses to offer a series of courses during the 2015 Festival.

The programme of prestigious masterclasses will take place during the 2015 festival and run from 27th April until 2nd May. Writers and budding writers can choose from a series of full-day workshops with topics including writing fiction, writing for children, crime writing, creating a memoir or life story, or how to publicise yourself in traditional and digital media. Three two-hour evening masterclasses will cover successful self-publishing, food writing and, for businesses and entrepreneurs, how to write great copy and content.

The programme of masterclasses, which are priced from £99 for a full day or £39 for an evening, will be tutored by some of the leading names in writing and publishing, including best-selling fiction writer Mavis Cheek and the award-winning author Jill Dawson, crime writer Dreda Say Mitchell, children’s writer and creative writing lecturer Steve Voake, and multi-million best-selling author, Adele Parks and Jessica Killingley, Marketing Director of Hodder & Stoughton.

Self-publishing supremo Joanna Penn, Copywriting Academy tutor Andy Maslen and Guardian food writer Felicity Cloake will tutor the evening events.

‘We are enormously excited to be partnering with Guardian Masterclasses and to be working with such a highly-respected series,’ says Festival Programming Director, Annie Ashworth. ‘The Stratford Literary Festival has always featured a programme of workshops for writers and advice on publishing, and the partnership will take this strand to another level. It also offers masterclasses to people who have always wanted to attend, but struggled to get to the Guardian’s events in London.’

Guardian Masterclasses launched in 2011 and are amongst the most highly-regarded courses for students and professionals, especially for writers. Since its launch, over 21,000 people having attended a masterclass. In the words of Guardian Masterclasses Partnership Manager Louisa Markwart: ‘Writing and publishing are two core strands of our programme and we are delighted to be working with such a well-established literary festival in order to take these courses to a wider audience.’

Participants can book the masterclasses here and numbers are limited.

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