BA(hons) / MA / PGCHE
Member of the Higher Education Academy, UK
"I believe that all writers should have access to great teaching to grow their practice."
Damien is the founder of The Writing Practice. His early career was dedicated to developing literacy, reading and writing in some of the UK's poorest communities. He was formerly the director of creative writing at the University of Leicester, and today teaches writing workshops around the world. His academic work on writing and creativity has been published by both Oxford and Cambridge University Press. He is a columnist for The Guardian and has bylines for The Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed, Aeon magazine and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the Clarion writers workshop at UC San Diego.
The first course offered by the Writing Practice.
Why do some books get read by millions of people, while others end up in the bargain bin? Why are some films remembered for decades, while others are hard to remember the next day? HINT: It's about the story, stupid! Just as politicians know that what people really vote for is the economy, the best writers understand that it's story which keeps readers enthralled and coming back for more.
We've been telling stories for thousands of years, from the tribal campfire to the television screen and beyond. While the technology has advanced, the basic elements that make a great story are the same as ever. Today stories are everywhere, from advertisements on television to the narratives that define our nations, workplaces, and even our relationships. Those who can tell a great story have great power.
But what IS story? We all know a great story when we see it, but try and tell one and we realise we don't know how they work. In fact only 7 basic parts make-up every great story ever told, a rhetoric of story so simple that anybody can learn them. And once you do you'll know everything you need to start making great stories.
Who is this course for?
Anyone who wants to write a book, short story or screenplay and wants to learn the basics of telling a compelling story.
Writers who have many stories under their belt, but struggle to find an audience for their work.
Creative professionals - journalists, copy writers, bloggers, marketers and more who want to utilise powerful storytelling.