Masterclass: Intricate Characters Are The Most Amusing.
This masterclass will help you to develop convincing characters and plots whatever genre you are working in. If you get your characters right, everything else will follow. Suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced, you’ll be looking at Jane Austen’s methods and trying a series of writing exercises inspired by her work. As Elizabeth Bennet puts it, “intricate characters are the most amusing.” The masterclass will be led by Rebecca Smith, novelist, and former Writer in Residence at Jane Austen’s House Museum. She is Jane Austen’s five times great niece.
Rebecca Smith teaches creative writing at the University of Southampton, and is the author of three novels: The Bluebird Café, Happy Birthday and All That and A Bit of Earth, as well as a work of non-fiction, Jane Austen’s Guide to Modern Life’s Dilemmas. Her first novel for children, Shadow Eyes, was shortlisted for the 2012 Kelpies Prize. From 2009–2010 she was the Writer in Residence at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton.