Creative Writing Summer Course on the Danish Island of Ærø (2021)
- with Liz Jensen and Solvej Balle
Guest Speaker: Carsten Jensen
August 9 - 13, 2021 in Marstal, Ærø, Denmark
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Liz Jensen Solvej Balle
This five-day summer fiction course with acclaimed fiction-writers Liz Jensen and Solvej Balle takes place in the picturesque town of Marstal on the beautiful Danish island of Ærø.
Whether you are experienced or just starting out, the course offers a unique chance to take your writing to the next level and to experience the thrill of being part of a writing group.
Though the emphasis will be on fiction, the course will also cover elements of memoir, auto-fiction and narrative non-fiction.
The aim is to help you generate fresh material while learning about character development, story structure, setting, scene-building, dialogue, and the editing process.
Though the teaching will be in English, all nationalities are welcome. Both Liz and Solvej are happy to read and discuss work in either English or Danish in the individual afternoon sessions.
The course hours are from 10 – 18 at Motorfabrikken, Havnegade 11, Marstal, a former machine factory turned funky new making-space. Part masterclass, part hands-on workshop, the morning session will consist of flash fiction exercises, brainstorming, workshops and group discussion.
After the lunch break, the afternoon will be devoted to free writing and one-on-one tutorials.
Here you can get feedback on the fresh material you have produced on the course - or chapters/excerpts that you have written before the course as a part your ongoing work.
Our guest speaker is the celebrated Danish author and Marstal native Carsten Jensen. He will talk about his writing process - and how his home-town and its sailors inspired him to write his international best-seller We, The Drowned.
The price includes five full days of teaching, but not food or accommodation. There are excellent local restaurants in walking distance, and a range of places to stay, including “Femmasteren Hotel og Hostel” which has rooms in all price ranges.
There is also a good variety of hotels, bed & breakfasts, summer house rentals and Airbnb-options to choose from.
Your tutors: Liz Jensen & Solvej Balle
LIZ JENSEN is an experienced teacher of creative writing and the author of eight novels, including the best-selling The Rapture, the Hollywood-adapted The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, and most recently, The Uninvited. Her work has been translated into over 20 languages, including Danish. As well as being a regular reviewer for The Guardian and the BBC, Liz spent ten years as Writer in Residence at Kingston University in London, and teaches regularly for the Arvon Foundation in the UK. Read more on Liz Jensen's website.
SOLVEJ BALLE published her first novel in 1986 and has written short stories, poetic prose and an essayistic memoir. Her cycle of short stories According to the Law is published in 10 languages. She holds a masters degree in philosophy and has taught at the Danish Writers' School in Copenhagen. For five years she edited the Danish literary magazine Den Blå Port (The Blue Gate). She is lives on Ærø and published the first two parts (of seven parts) of the novel Om udregning af rumfang (speculative fiction) in 2020 for which she was nominated for the prestigious award Kritikerprisen.