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What if YOU spoke?

Free online masterclasses to inspire you to find and develop your creative voice.   

Among the masterclass tutors are literary prize winners, published authors, award-winning illustrators, playwrights and poets, and some of today’s most inspirational voices. Whether people are interested in starting a novel or illustrating their own comic, finding out more about journalism or about different forms of poetry, or they just want to try something new, this is an invaluable opportunity to learn from experts in their fields, for free. 

You can see all 10 masterclasses here, or click on the individual links below to start. 

Joff Winterhart sat in front of book shelvesComics… With CharacterIllustrator and writer Joff Winterhart shows you how to find inspiration, develop characters and storyboard your very own comic. 

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Rudy Loewe speaking to cameraDraw Your Voice – Visual artist Rudy Loewe creates comics, illustrations and paintings to engage people. See how you can create your own artwork about issues that are important to you. 

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Laura Dockrill speaking to cameraFinding Your Inner Voice – Author, illustrator and poet Laura Dockrill shows you how to develop your own writing voice, and to find inspiration out of writer’s block. 

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Deanna Rodger speaking to cameraForm in Poetry – Poet Deanna Rodger discusses form in different types of poetry. Find out how you can shape your poems to engage and surprise readers. 

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Ali May speaking to cameraJournalism 101 – Writer, journalist and producer Ali May takes you through the basics, principles and ethics of journalism. Find out how you can apply them to your writing for news or features. 

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Steven Camden speaking to cameraMe? What Have I Got To Write About? Poet, novelist and playwright Steven Camden discusses how you can start, develop and shape the stories that you want to tell. 

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Derek Owusu speaking to cameraStarting Your First Novel – Writer and poet Derek Owusu takes you through the process of writing, and developing your ideas into your own novel. 

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Ashish Ghadiali speaking to cameraThe Thread – Writer, filmmaker and activist Ashish Ghadiali shows you how to develop the storyteller in you. Find the thread that links you to your stories, whichever form of writing or art you work with. 

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Kirsty Logan Speaking to cameraWhat Next? Developing Your Stories Further – Author Kirsty Logan discusses how to find what’s unique to you, and how you can develop your stories and your writing voice. 

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Zakiya McKenzie speaking to cameraWriting Nature and Uncertainty – Writer Zakiya McKenzie discusses writing about the natural environment, and how you can develop and structure your nature writing. 

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What if YOU Spoke is led by Libraries Unlimited in partnership with Pen to Print, University of Exeter, Africa Writes & Literature Works as part of Exeter UNESCO City of Literature. 

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