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January 30 - February 20
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Write it New: Creative Writing Laboratories

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University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ United Kingdom
£5 (25yrs & under) per session. For more information and to book, email [email protected]

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Essex Book Festival
01206 872730
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Creative Writing Laboratories in the run up to Essex Book Festival 2016 were led by the Centre For Creative Writing at the University of Essex in partnership with Essex Book Festival. Everyone was welcome. The only criterion for participation was a desire to push the boundaries with your writing.


Laboratory 1, Saturday 30 Jan 11am-1pm
Wild Writing: Literature & The Environment
The Hexagon, University of Essex, Colchester, CO4 3SQ

James Canton, author of Out of Essex, provided participants with a fresh vision of Essex, its cultural history and its living legacy of wilderness and imagination.

Laboratory 2, Saturday 6 Feb 11am-1pm
Oulipian Poetry & The Avant Garde
The Hexagon, University of Essex, Colchester, CO4 3SQ

Philip Terry, Director of the Creative Writing Centre, and author of critically acclaimed Tapestry and Dante’s Inferno, encouraged participants to experiment with new, playful forms of poetry.

Laboratory 3, Saturday 13 Feb 11-1pm
Telling the Tale
The Hexagon, University of Essex, Colchester, CO4 3SQ

Ros Green, Writer, journalist, and Director of the Essex Book Festival, explored the marvellous tradition of fabulism and the re-working of the Tale as a tool for creative inspiration.


Image: Joan Brossa: Contes, 1986 copyright Fundaicio Joan Brossa 

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