Teaching and Mentoring

I love reading and doing my best to help other writers become the best writers they can be. I’m currently teaching a rolling six-week creative writing course for adults of all abilities at The Bowery in Leeds. I will also be teaching on the Writing Summer School at The Hepworth this August. I’ve also taught creative writing in women’s prisons and arts centres, and have delivered one-off workshops at The Northern Short Story Festival, The Festival on the Close, Rugby School, and at First Story’s ‘Writing Futures’ event for young people as part of the 2017 Bradford Literature Festival.

I’m also passionate about developing writers on a one-to-one basis. I’ve written in-depth editorial reports and provided one-to-one mentoring for novelists of commercial, literary and historical novels, life writing, and short fiction. I do this on a freelance basis and also through Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. If you’d like to speak to me about developing your project, whether you’re in the early stages or are polishing a piece for publication, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing me at claresitafisher at gmail dot com.

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Running a Flash Fiction workshop at Leeds Big Bookend Festival, June 2016. Credit: Raj Passey

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A big part of writing is, of course, reading.

Books I’ve read recently and LOVED include the following:

GRIEF IS A THING WITH FEATHERS, Max Porter (is it a novel? is it a poem? Who cares? It’s brilliant).

ANIMALS, Emma-Jane Unsworth (Novel. Hilarious. Featuring excellently outrageous women).

HELL-GOING, Lynn Coady (Short stories. Funny. Sad. Each story a punch to the gut).

SUDDENLY A KNOCK AT THE DOOR, Etgar Keret (short stories. Some v. short. All v. surreal).

THE END OF DAYS, Jenny Erpenbeck (Novel. Ever thought ‘what if x hadn’t happened? If only …?’ This book explores such questions in the most clever and elegant of ways).

IMAGINARY CITIES,  Darran Anderson (Non-fiction. Hard to explain apart from to say that it will blow your literary socks off. And I’m not just saying that because it’s published by Influx, honest…)

 

Books that made me*: 

Everything by Lorrie Moore, Lydia Davis, Zadie Smith and Ali Smith

HOW FICTION WORKS, James Wood

NO ONE BELONGS HERE MORE THAN YOU, Miranda July

THE HISTORY OF LOVE, Nicole Krauss

BRAND NEW ANCIENTS and HOLD YOUR OWN by Kate Tempest

FREEDOM, Jonathan Franzen

DEAR EVERYBODY, Michael Kimball

THE BELL JAR, Sylvia Plath

 

*Books have an effect on you, as both a writer and a person, whether you notice it or not. These are just a few of the books which have stuck with me over time, which I frequently return to and/or which helped me through a particular time in my life.

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