The Creative Writing in Cambridge summer programme at Pembroke, run in collaboration with the National Academy of Writing, offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young writers to work on their novels, poems and screenplays under the guidance of leading authors.
Alongside the regular programme of lectures, seminars and supervisions, students are invited to a series of eight guest lectures. These are given by eminent authors working in a range of genres and styles. This year the majority of these lectures have been held at the University Centre, where there is also a chance to discuss and ask questions.
Student Rebecca says: ‘It’s great to have renowned authors to teach you how to write. It’s the best experience.’
The lectures cover a range of core topics including character, point of view, place and comedy. They also address practical issues such as the literary world, the process of editing and the realities of publishing.
In the clip below, the award-winning writer David Almond starts the series by discussing creativity:
You can find further clips from the lectures on the International Programmes YouTube channel.
The full list of 2014 guest lectures is as follows:
David Almond, Creativity [Video clip]
A.L. Kennedy, Character and Point of View [Video clip]
Deborah Moggach, Screenplays [Audioclip, SoundCloud, 2013]
Kapka Kassabova, A Sense of Place [Video clip]
Erica Wagner, The Literary World [Video clip]
Richard Beard, Public Edit [Video clip]
Terence Blacker, Comedy [Video clip]
Philip Gwyn Jones, Publishing Today [Video clip]