writing workshops for advanced & native English speakers
A solution to the limited English-language training opportunities available for employees who are native speakers or who have reached written fluency. Training in creative writing not only addresses problems of terse written communication, building more collegial and effective business relationships, but has been shown to increase empathy in the workplace.
This training is designed for
communications professionals eager to improve their storytelling skills
emerging writers who would like careful feedback on a manuscript in progress
anyone looking to refine their English through an in-depth experience with the creative process
For non-native speakers, creative writing in a second language
allows the writer to manipulate words in unusual ways in order to express a precise thought
helps break the monotony of learning via play and by exploring the language in a less predictable way
deepens acquisition by encouraging--in fact requiring--direct discovery of new meaning and use of the language
I see fewer engineers writing and sharing deep thinking, but this is what will lead to far more true innovation across the industry. How will we achieve the big transformative breakthroughs versus the incremental milestones? By writing. Because the way to think is actually to write.
Emeritus Researcher at Microsoft Research
Weekly or bi-weekly peer-learning writing groups in English, modelled on current best practices in creative writing pedagogy.
Groups of 4 to 8 writers meet on- or offsite for professionally facilitated conversation about their creative works in progress. Participants submit their writing in advance for in-depth group discussion. A portion of each workshop is devoted to craft conversations on such topics as:
how to tell a story: beginnings, middles and endings
maintaining tension and pacing
creating clear, concise and beautiful sentences
writing literary fiction and memoir
effective dialogue and scenes
character motivation and its relationship to plot
writing popular fiction: historical, fantasy, romance and adventure
using your creative writing skills at work
Prerequisite: fluency in written English
Groups are limited to 8 people; acceptance is by application with a brief writing sample.
Series of six sessions (6 to 12 weeks): 3,000€
Series of twelve sessions (12 to 24 weeks): 5,000€