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Magical Realism in Creative Writing: A Masterclass with Natasha Pulley | Guardian Master Classes

Writing anything fantastic or speculative usually boils down to a long discussion of a surprisingly ordinary question: what if?

What if there were ghosts that could move through walls? What if a man turned into salt? What if there was a book of true prophecy? These questions form clear starting points and basically the bread of the plot – but character, location and where to start are the meat.

In this masterclass with Natasha PulleyThe Watchmaker of Filigree Street’s Sunday Times bestselling author and creative writing lecturer, you’ll be guided through the strategies that work together to create magical realism, from story planning to execution.

Blending practical writing exercises with theory and discussion, this masterclass will give you the tools and inspiration to turn your ideas into a novel.

This course is for…

  • Writers of any skill level and with any background in the craft

  • Ideas for a story are not necessary; everyone will definitely have at least one by the end of this workshop

Course content

  • Find your ideas – quickly and easily

  • This first idea: to start extrapolating the bones in the construction of a more complex world

  • How to use historical language to enrich your work

  • Start thinking about a new structure

  • Questions and answers

Tutor profile

Natasha Pulley studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University. After two years of study in Tokyo, she published her first novel, the Sunday Times bestseller The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. His fifth novel, The Half Life of Valery K, was published in June 2022.


Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Time: 6.30-9pm (GMT)
Price: £65 (plus £3.56)

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