Reading as a writer with Hannah Vincent

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About this course

This course is suitable for anyone wanting to broaden their reading diet and is especially appropriate for those interested in examining the relationship between reading and their own writing practice.

Course Description

Zadie Smith thinks of reading as a balanced diet, recommending that if our sentences are too baggy or too elaborate, we cut back on ‘fatty’ writers and pick up Kafka, ‘as roughage’. As readers we need to cultivate a certain rigour and attention so that we get the most out of a text. As writers, we need to curate our reading habits to feed our writing practice. This course is aimed at readers wanting to broaden and deepen their reading habits and is ideal for writers at any stage of their writing life, writing in any genre.

Together, we will look at extracts from texts by writers ranging from Anton Chekhov to Warsan Shire. We will consider what we can learn from short story writers, novelists, playwrights and poets as well as non-fiction writers. With guided writing exercises you will explore how you might use their techniques to enhance your own writing. There will be opportunities to share writing generated by these exercises and of course, you will leave with plenty of further reading recommendations!

Hannah Vincent is a novelist, short story writer and an award-winning playwright.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply all materials.

What students need to bring

  • Notebook and/or laptop

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Hannah Vincent

Hannah Vincent is a novelist, short story writer and award-winning playwright. Her first novel Alarm Girl was published in 2014. She wrote her second while carrying out PhD research at the University of Sussex in autobiographic practice. The Weaning was published in 2018. Hannah’s debut collection of short stories She-Clown and Other Stories was published in 2020. Hannah teaches creative writing on The Open University’s MA programme and she has taught life writing for New Writing South and Charleston. She is currently Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Brighton.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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