Experimenting with fiction with Jarred McGinnis

Join Jarred McGinnis, author of The Coward and co-founder of The Special Relationship, for a new course that will help you explore exciting new frontiers in writing fiction.

Looking at playful use of language, inspiration from other artforms and digital possibilities, this course will give you the courage and confidence to embrace experimentation.

In this course you will:

  • Jumpstart your creativity and question the conventional ‘rules’ of writing;
  • Try bold new techniques to take your fiction in new directions;
  • Explore what writers can borrow from performance, visual arts, and digital media;
  • Understand the practicalities of sharing works of experimental and live literature with a wider audience;
  • Develop the confidence to write your story in your own unique way.

You will learn through a mixture of presentations by Jarred, writing exercises and group discussion. You will have the chance to share your work with the course group to receive constructive feedback on your writing.

This course will take place over Zoom. Each weekly session will be 90 minutes in length on a Tuesday evening, taking place between 7:30pm and 9pm UK time.

Speaker profiles
Jarred McGinnis

Jarred McGinnis was chosen by Kei Miller as one of ten unmissable emerging writers in 2021. His debut novel The Coward was selected for BBC 2’s Between the Covers, BBC Radio 2’s Book Club and listed for the Barbellion Prize.

He is the co-founder of The Special Relationship, which was showcased as part of British Council and NCW’s International Literature Showcase. He was the creative director for ‘Moby-Dick Unabridged‘, a four-day immersive multimedia reading of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick at the Southbank Centre, involving hundreds of participants.

His short fiction has been commissioned for BBC Radio 4 and appeared in respected journals in the UK, Canada, USA and Ireland. He is or has been an Associate Writer for Spread the Word, a mentor for the Word Factory, a fellow of the London Library’s T S Eliot Emerging Writer Programme and a Writer-in-Residence for First Story.

He also has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, but mostly he inspires the able-bodied by using public transport and taking his daughters to the playground.

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