Freedom through restriction: Fiction workshop with Joe Dunthorne

Joe Dunthorne
13 May 2017
WCN, Dragon Hall
10am - 4pm
£65 / £55 conc

Is it possible to find freedom through restraint when writing? Form isn’t just about maintaining a shape or structure in your work – exploring form and restraint can actually push your imagination in exciting, unexpected directions.

From choose-your-own-adventure stories to speed writing to Oulipian word games, this experimental workshop with Joe Dunthorne will offer ways to disrupt tired habits and keep your fiction fresh. 

Over the course of the day you and your fellow students will become, in the words of Raymond Queneau, "rats who construct the labyrinth from which we plan to escape." And even if you don't escape, you will have fun trying!

About Joe

Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea. His debut novel, Submarine, was translated into fifteen languages and made into an award-winning film. His debut poetry pamphlet was published by Faber, and his second novel, Wild Abandon, won the Encore Award 2012. His short stories have been published in McSweeney’s, The Paris Review and The Guardian. Website

‘Brilliant...laugh-out-loud enjoyable. The sharpest, funniest, rudest account of a trouble teenager coming-of-age since The Catcher in the Rye. - The Independent on Submarine