Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Faber Academy open day

This morning despite the heat I braved the tube and headed towards Bloomsbury to Faber & Faber's offices for an open day it was holding promoting the activities of its Academy.

In a room that overlooked the British Museum and had some welcome croissants and cool drinks the tutors of the various courses were on hand to talk about what the Academy does and to nod gently in the direction of the 10% off if you book today offer.

Sadly for me the cost of the course on learning how to write a novel was just way beyond my current means but it was good to hear about it and I met another aspiring writer and that was a great experience. May well do a one day course if the timing is right.

The one thing I will carry with me from the day are the words he said to me: "I'm tired of only being a writer in my head".

Found that inspirational and worth going up there just to hear. Now the challenge is to actually get something down on paper. As I said to him "most people worry about endings. I have a problem from the point after the introduction".

We will see what happens...

7 comments:

stujallen said...

nsounds fun simon ,all the best stu

Simon Quicke said...

thanks stu

amro said...

excellent sir. Thank you for blogging about it.

Mar said...

Sounds like an inspiring day! There are always lots of snippets of wisdom on twitter regarding writing but for me, it is something my English teacher taught me years ago when I sat staring at a blank white sheet of paper, not able to formulate that first paragraph and/or sentence for that matter. She said 'if the first paragraph is causing you problems, start with the second paragraph. Just start
writing!'

I always preferred maths..;)

Simon Quicke said...

Thanks Amro and Mar I failed maths completely!

Linda 1966 said...

That is inspirational Si, sounds like a worthwhile trip.

Anonymous said...

I would like to exchange links with your site www.blogger.com
Is this possible?