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Masterclasses are latest way for locals to get involved with University

A line up of expert authors including Professor Dame Jacqueline Wilson will be leading public masterclasses in creative writing at the University of Roehampton during November, as part of a series of events aimed at bringing Wandsworth people into closer contact with the University.

Posted: 31 October 2014

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Professor Dame Jacqueline Wilson, who is leading a masterclass  into writing children's books

Professor Dame Jacqueline is the University’s new Chancellor, and author of more than 100 children’s stories, including the tales of Hetty Feather, Tracy Beaker and Opal Plumstead. Her masterclass, called How to start writing a Children’s Book, is a two hour introduction covering topics like creating characters which are attractive to children and structuring a story. It is due to take place on Tuesday 18 November.

Other masterclasses will be led by novelist Nadifa Mohamed on 13 November, who will advise people on using real life as the basis for fiction, and Bafta-winning screenwriter Tony Grisoni on 27 November, who will host a session entitled A Life In Film, covering how to be successful in screenwriting. Tony is a frequent collaborator with Terry Gilliam, his lines have been spoken by actors such as Johnny Depp. His films have included Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Southcliffe, The Unloved, Red Riding and In This World.

All masterclasses are aimed at local adults with a real interest in writing and sharpening up their skills. University students are also being invited to the participatory events, where everyone should expect to write and share the work with the group.

A university spokesman said: “There is so much happening in the University which is open to local people to get involved with and benefit from, and these three masterclasses are perfect examples of how we can bring real experts into the community. Who wouldn’t want to learn to write books from Jacqueline Wilson, the country’s biggest selling children’s author for instance?

“As well as these masterclasses though, there are other ways people in Roehampton, and across the borough, can benefit from the University – to give just two examples our library is available for adults and school children to study in and we run sample lectures for teenagers to see what university life is like.”

As well as these events, the University is also inviting any local people who would like to attend the 11 November remembrance service at the Society of the Sacred Heart Memorial to contact Jackie Brown, head of Digby Stuart College on 020 8392 3000.

Click below to book places on the masterclasses:
Dame Jacqueline Wilson
Nadifa Mohamed
Tony Grisoni

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