Summer term course: The Thin Grey Line

From Proust to Virginia Woolf to Karl Ove Knausgaard , some writers teeter on the thin grey line between fiction and memoir- or life writing, as Virginia Woolf called it. Many writers vigorously refute readings of their fiction as autobiography, but some invite it and clearly state that fictional autobiography is their territory. The successful Writer’s Reading group, which now meets at the Moseley Exchange, was set up to explore published fiction as models for writing. In the summer term ( starting April 29th) we will explore the territory between memoir, real events and fiction though our own writing, taking inspiration from :

  • The Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes
  • A Death in the Family , 1st volume of My Struggle by the Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • Alone in Berlin by German writer Hans Fallada

Meeting fortnightly, we follow the discussions of the published works with readings from our own writing which they have inspired, whilst the group gives constructive feedback to their fellow writers.
The group is led by writer, teacher and Artistic Director of the Hearth Centre, Polly Wright. The Writers’ Reading group meets on Wednesdays from 7.30- 9.00 at the Moseley Exchange on: April 29, May 13/27, June 10/24, July 8/22 .

For further information and to sign up for the course contact Polly Wright on polly.wright@ btinternet .com or through the Hearth site website: www.thehearthcentre.org.uk

Contact Details of Moseley exchange  [email protected]

Term’s fee £ 84 ( @ £12 a session) or
Concession £70 ( over 60s/ benefits etc) @ £10 a session.