Lucy and Todd

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The ‘atelier’ model

In Atelier Work on September 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm

We protect the right, of both student and teacher, to write.  We are in this together!  Our cause: the preservation of literature.

The Fiction Atelier is based on the art studio model, in which artist and student work together, the student benefiting from acquaintance with a practising artist who has decades of experience in the craft and an ongoing involvement in it. In the Fiction Atelier, there is time to talk about books in general, and the tricks of the trade, as well as line-editing and commenting on specific pieces of work. Our aim is to challenge students, and to expand their approach to writing.

Many Creative Writing courses are taught by writers who have had to sacrifice their own literary enterpises in order to teach.  Such demands can leave a teacher stale, resentful and despairing.  This is what we avoid at the Fiction Atelier.  We feel we can offer students more real help by coming fresh to the task, direct from daily work on our own fiction.  The student is thus welcomed into an energetic atmosphere of mutual literary effort.