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Publishing houses that offer creative writing courses in the UK and beyond
At a time when "content and shape can be readily distinguished, novelists are.... despairing to comprehend the changes imposed by global media technologies on conventional publishing," wrote Jason Allen Ashlock, president of Movable Type Management, in a recent contribution to this year' s edition of Mobile Bookorld. To provide better information to publishers, some publishers are committed not only to what Ashlock refers to as "form" publication forums, opportunities for electronic publication, etc., but also to what is the author's tradition: the handicraft of writing itself.
One of the foremost examples is Faber & Faber's Faber Academy, which was established in 2008 and now provides a large number of training programs worldwide and on-line. Curriculums vary from six month to one full days and from under £500 to almost £4,000. Curriculums focus more on creative, rather than on the old-fashioned, such as novels and memoirs, but also on more technological skill such as publishing and creating blogs.
Every course except "Writing a novel" and "Writing a novel": Rachel Joyce, whose first novel "The Unlikely Plamgrimage of Harold Fry" was on the long list for the Man Booker Prize 2012, was in the second grade of the Faber Academy and SJ Watson's mega-bestseller "Before I Go to Sleep" is also represented with the beginnings of the Faber Academy.
Harold Fry and Before I Go to Sleep were both released by Random House UK (Doubleday and Black Swan respectively), and the Academy makes it very clear that participating in one of its professions is not a Faber release pass. However, anticipating the next success should not be the purpose of a publisher's creative writing course, says Ian Ellard, Sales Manager of the Faber Academy.
As publishers diversify, Faber's educational programmes use existing tools to do what they always do from a different perspective: "We' re publishing new authors' novels so that they can take them to the readers," he says. The Faber Academy, along with several other companies, such as Faber Digital (developer of the best-selling Waste Land App) is a Faber brand.
It supervises these non-publishing subsidiaries to "push the book label into adjoining rooms," says Ellard. Faber's approach to high-calibre writers certainly helped: they began with a very literary blast by having Jeanette Winterson tutor her introductory course at Shakespeare & Company in Paris.
However, the publishers enjoy fidelity to the mark beyond certain authors' reputations, says Ellard, and their readership is usually of some kind: She cares that Faber. "As the Academy has continued to expand, it has concentrated on building awareness through partnership with other large global players at various points in time:
Allen & Unwin, Moleskine, Coutts, and when they started teaching in Australia. One smaller publishing house that tests the educational system is Tindal Street Press, located in Birmingham, England. The Tindal Street Publishing Director Alan Mahar says they saw their masterclass as" an alternate revenue flow, a diversion from selling hard copy in a period of economic upheaval.
" It also seemed a logical answer to the fact that Tindal Street employees are "always in great need of....creative writing courses". "As a" very small publishers without....much book publication time", the assistance of writers such as Gaynor Arnold, Helen Cross and Jim Crace as visiting lecturers has not only contributed to "increasing the vocational credibility" of the classes, but also to keeping the practice in motion.
US publishers have shown similar restraint towards "entrepreneurism" when it comes to establishing market awareness with new companies in non-book market. "The largest one is F+W Media, which now concentrates as a series of different media publishing activities on the needs of the same community in which they were active as hobby and interest publishers.
It is certainly an integral part of this and is provided through on-line Peer Community, advisory and conference facilities. Editors of the journal and publishers meet with visiting writers for a weekly lecture and 12 student work-shops on the Reed College in Portland, OR campsite. There are creative writing programmes all over the United States, and new spin on the classical classics studio, using the great names of the writers, don't lack awareness (the new Crime Fiction Academy of the Center for Fiction is organizing such big names as Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates and Val McDermid among others this fall).
With more than 800 graduates and postgraduates and 550 non-academic educational programmes enrolled at AWP, the US creative writing training industry may be much more mature than the UK one. But, as Alan Mahar notes, "students seem particularly longing for contacts with publishers," pointing out that publishers have a singular edge in the view of emerging write.
When this is the case, the offer of courses on hands-on editing capabilities alongside creative writing could be very attractive to the country's million people.