Masterclass: The Idea of Pace (Online)

Starting out | Fiction
One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

After eleven years directing our flagship Writing a Novel course, and helping over one hundred students gain publication deals, Richard Skinner has developed our new series of ten masterclasses. Covering the essential elements of fiction in his fullest, most impactful workshops, this series is perfect if you’re looking to sharpen your skills, improve particular elements of your writing, or aren’t able to commit to one of our longer courses.

The pace in a novel is the current in the river – invisible to the eye but a force on the body. When people say a book is too long, they usually mean it is too slow. Using the seven-part structure of novels by Milan Kundera and Kazuo Ishiguro, we’ll look at not only getting the size of a story right, but the measure of it too.

24th May 2021

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15 Places

6.30 p.m: Welcome and introductions

6.45 – 7.45 p.m: We will begin by looking at the idea that ‘pace = mood’, followed by looking at a series of examples in which writers slow down or speed up in order to create different effects within a narrative.

7.45 – 8.00 p.m: Break

8.00 – 9.00 p.m: How much time do we spend telling stories? By looking closely at the structure of novels by Ishiguro and Kundera, we will see the deep connection between novels and symphonies.

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Richard Skinner is a novelist, poet and critic. His most recent book, The Mirror, was described...

"There's no point staring at a blank page waiting for inspiration to strike - to get your creative muscles working you need to start writing, reviewing and sharing your work."

Helen Shipman