Read Like a Writer with Eley Williams (Fiction)
Creative and sensitive reading is a must-have addition to any writer’s toolkit. Learn how Eley Williams, author of the award-winning Attrib. and Other Stories (Republic of Consciousness Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2018) and The Liar’s Dictionary, draws inspiration and technique from the books that she loves.
‘She is a writer for whom one struggles to find comparison, because she has arrived in a class of her own’
This friendly online session is perfect for anyone who writes fiction or is interested as a reader in how the process works – especially if you are fascinated by choice of language on a word-by-word level, or are seeking new ways to write the senses and physical or emotional sensation.
You will hear Eley share a passage from a book that has helped to inspire her writing, as well as details on how he uses creative reading to inform her own playful and innovative use of narrative, form, and the joys and possibilities of language.
- Discover how to be an attentive reader, and how to use this skill to strengthen your own writing
- Discuss the writing that inspires you, and learn how to unpick the qualities that you would like to improve your own work
- Try an exclusive guided exercise designed to free up your own writing
This session is designed for readers and creative writers of all levels – whether you’d like to get a flavour for how our writing workshops work, or you’re a more established writer looking for inspiration and to reconnect with the joy of close reading.
‘She is a writer for whom one struggles to find comparison, because she has arrived in a class of her own: witty, melancholy, occasionally sensual, occasionally mordant, elegantly droll without the kind of hipster quirkiness that makes me want to hurl books at the wall. She has in common with George Saunders the ability to be both playful and profound, and we are lucky to have her.’ – Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent
One bursary place is available for this workshop. Click here to apply >>
Eley Williams’ collection of short stories Attrib (Influx Press, 2017) was awarded the Republic of Consciousness Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2018. With stories anthologised in The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story (Penguin Classics, 2018) and Liberating the Canon (Dostoevsky Wannabe, 2018), she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her novel The Liar’s Dictionary (William Heinemann) was published this summer and she has been shortlisted for this year’s National Short Story Award.
Image (c) Antonio Olmos