CREATING FICTION FROM REAL LIFE with Donna Sharpe

  • November 6, 2013 · 7:30 PM

CREATING FICTION FROM REAL LIFE with Donna Sharpe

When: Wednesday nights (7.30pm -9.30pm)

Start dates: Wed 6th Nov - Wed 18th Dec 2013

Where: Prenzlauerberg (Boetzow Viertel)

Course Length: 7 weeks

Maximum Participants: 8

Cost: 120 euros

Description: From Hilary Mantel’s novel ‘Wolf Hall’ to Mark Boal’s screenplay ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ to Lucy Prebble’s stageplay ‘Enron: The Musical’, inspirational and award-winning writers are creating fictional works inspired by real life events.

Do you have a true story that would make a great book or script, but are unsure of where to start? This 7 week evening course is designed to support writers creating such projects. Students will workshop their writing every week with the tutor and group, and as part of this be offered feedback not only on their work, but also on specific issues arising from creating fiction from real life. Topics dealt with will include:

Which medium to choose?

What genre suits your story best, and what would happen if you combined it with another genre?

What legal issues should you be aware of?

What are the social, personal and moral responsibilities of the writer when creating drama from real life?

Should you write within a framework of realism, or transcend it?

How do you find the right dramatic structure?

What happens when ‘reality’ doesn’t fit the dramatic needs of your story? How does a real person become a ‘character’? How far can you go when Writing Fiction From Real Life?

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DONNA SHARPE has written and directed award-winning documentary films for the BBC; had her first play workshopped at the Royal National Theatre Studio, London; and has a major historical drama series in development with ITV Studios and ZDF, as well as two feature-length screenplays optioned by independent producers. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from U.E.A.


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