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Adventures in Experimental Fiction

On this eight-week course, Jen Calleja, author of Vehicle (described by Kate Briggs as ‘an adventure into a new world order as well as the possibilities of the novel-form’ and ‘a feat of ungovernable imagination’), will take you on a journey into what experimental approaches can allow us to do as writers, introducing you to a broad range of innovative and surprising texts. Through a rich and varied selection of weekly writing prompts, readings and discussions, you will be inspired to take chances and risks with form, perspective and language, opening up your work to thrilling, expansive new horizons. You will also submit your own work twice a term, and receive supportive and constructive feedback from your fellow workshop members and the course tutor.

Adventures In Experimental Fiction takes place at our fabulous new home at the Palace Workspace in the heart of Hastings. As with all our workshops, as part of our partnership with the brilliant The Hastings Bookshop, course members are entitled to a 15% discount on books bought in the shop, during their programme and for one month afterwards.

Course Tutor

Jen Calleja is a writer, literary translator, and publisher based in Hastings. Her books include Vehicle: a verse novel (Prototype, 2023), the poem sequence Dust Sucker (Makina Books, 2023), the poetry pamphlet Hamburger in the Archive (if a leaf falls press, 2019) and the poetry collection Serious Justice (Test Centre, 2016). She was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019 for her translation of Marion Poschmann’s The Pine Islands (Serpent’s Tail) and was the inaugural Translator in Residence at the British Library (2017-2019). She has taught courses, workshops and masterclasses for Arvon Foundation, The Poetry School, The British Library, New Writing South, as well as for numerous universities, and is co-founding publisher at Praspar Press, a small press for Maltese literature in English and English translation.


Photo: Robin Silas Christian

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