Tracey Iceton

Creative Writing Fundamentals

Friday 29th - Saturday 30th March 2019


Language is crucial to the human experience and not just because it enables us to communicate practical pieces of information. Through language we are able to describe our world in vivid, perceptive detail. Through language we preserve the past and dream up the future. Through language we create anything our imaginations can conjure. But using language to its full, creative potential is a craft akin to other arts practices. So, just as the painter or sculptor begin by learning the fundamentals of their craft, the creative writer should too.

This course introduces the fundamentals of creative writing, those skills that emerging writers need to hone if they aspire to master the craft of creative writing. The course explores the importance of word choice and sentence construction in creative writing, guides writers through the concept of playing with language to maximum effect, examines the difference between good and bad creative writing, teaches the skill of writing effective descriptions and illuminates the ‘showing versus telling’ conundrum that many writers struggle with. It also introduces writers to the key concepts behind the three main genres of creative writing – stories, poetry and scripts and offers writers the chance to try out their learning in each writing type.

The course is delivered through a mix of tutor-led teaching, group discussion and writing activities. There is also the chance to share work with the group for feedback, which writers are encouraged (but never forced!) to do. Whether you are just beginning to write creatively or have been doing so for a while this course aims to help you develop your writing craft, become more confident in your mastery of language and enable you to write with all the beauty and power language offers.

About Tracey

Tracey Iceton is an author and freelance creative writing tutor from Teesside. Awarded her doctorate in creative writing from Northumbria University in 2017, she is a qualified English teacher experienced in delivering creating writing courses and workshops.

She won the 2013 HISSAC short story prize for ‘Butterfly Wings’, was runner up in the 2013 and 2014 Cinnamon Press short story competitions with ‘Slag’ and ‘As the world (re)turns’ which appear in the anthologies Journey Planner and Patria. She also won the 2011 Writers Block NE Home Tomorrow Short Story Competition and has been shortlisted for the 2012 Bristol Short Story Competition with ‘Apple Shot’ and the 2015 Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition for ‘Ask Not’.

Parts one and two of her Celtic Colours Trilogy, Green Dawn at St Enda’s and Herself Alone in Orange Rain, were released in 2016 and 2017 with part three, White Leaves of Peace, due for publication at Easter 2019 and a fourth novel, Rock God Complex: The Mickey Hunter Story, set to appear in 2020.

Her short stories have appeared in; Prole, Litro, Neon, Tears in the Fence, The Momaya Annual Review, The Yellow Room and Writer’s Muse.

Her PhD research, entitled Troubles Women, was a practice-led project exploring the portrayal of female paramilitary protagonists in Troubles fiction.

She works with many emerging writers, helping them develop their craft through her workshops, courses, masterclasses and one-to-one mentoring service.

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