ICCWriting Day

ICCWriting Day

The Institute of Creative and Critical Writing

Date and time
11 Oct 2017 (11:00am - 4:30pm)

Curzon Building

4 Cardigan Street Birmingham B4 7BD United Kingdom

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Booking Information

No booking required, but please note who this event is open to in the event description.

Helen Cross and Sarah Moss

Dear student,

You’re warmly invited to join us for our first ICCWriting Day of the semester on Wednesday 11 October 2017. 

The schedule is as follows: 

11am-12 noon – Room C315: Getting the most out of your MA in Creative Writing at BCU
Two outstanding students who have just completed the MA in Creative Writing, Daniel Witherall and Jan Barker, will give the low-down on how to get the most from the course here. This event is for all MA students – and any current BA students who would like to know more about the programme. 

1-2.15pm – Room C315: ICCWriting masterclass with Helen Cross.
I’m delighted to welcome back Helen Cross to give the first masterclass of the year. Helen is the author of novels, stories, radio plays and screenplays. Her first novel, My Summer of Love, won a Betty Trask Award and became a BAFTA award winning feature film. Mighty Atom Entertainment are currently working on a film adaptation of her latest novel, Spilt Milk Black Coffee, and she is currently completing a fourth novel. Helen is a Fellow of the ICCWriting. For more information about Helen, visit her website.
NOTE: For MA Creative Writing and PhD students only. 

3-4.30pm – Room C315: Guest author seminar with Sarah Moss
We’re thrilled to welcome the novelist, travel writer and academic Sarah Moss as our first guest author of the year.

Sarah has written five novels: The Tidal Zone (Granta, 2016), Signs for Lost Children (Granta, 2015), Bodies of Light (Granta, 2014), Night Waking (Granta, 2011) and Cold Earth(Granta, 2009). 

She also writes non-fiction: Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland (Granta, 2012), about living in Reykjavik in 2009-10, and academic books on Romantic-era British literature, food history and gender.

Night Waking was chosen as one of the winners in the Fiction Uncovered promotion for 2011, and was the Mumsnet Book of the Month for May 2012. Names for the Sea was the Mumsnet Book of the Month for July 2013. It was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2013. The Tidal Zone, Signs for Lost Children and Bodies of Light were shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize, in 2017, 2016 and 2015 respectively.

Sarah is Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick, and was a judge for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017. For more about Sarah, visit her website.

This will be a great start to the ICCWriting Day programme for 2017-18. See you there.

All the best,

Dr Gregory Leadbetter
Reader in Literature and Creative Writing
Programme Director, MA in Creative Writing
Director, Institute of Creative and Critical Writing

Forthcoming events in The Institute of Creative and Critical Writing

The Institute of Creative and Critical Writing is devoted to cultivating the literary arts and the life of ideas with public masterclasses, workshops and talks.

Based within the School of English at Birmingham City University, the activities of the Institute both enrich the University’s creative writing courses, through its series of masterclasses and guest authors, and engage with the wider culture beyond the University, through its calendar of public events.

Forthcoming dates will be announced soon.