Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.

Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

December 03, 2013

Writing Course 16th Jan - 13th Feb

I'm running another five week course in January for Sherborne Arts Link. I focus on the craft, the 'how-to' of writing. What a theme or premise is and why you ABSOLUTELY have to have one. Structure too is crucial. If you don't know, and follow, the guidelines of story telling your work will feel out of control, flabby and you'll lose the reader for sure. I'll tell you how many there are and what you need to put in each category. Disney used this format and you can't argue with their success. This is not a 'cake-tasting' course, which so many workshops are, but a hands on cookery lesson to kick start your creative writing.  

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