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Despite the Pandemic, I still plan to run Skrivarakademin’s Creative Writing and Narrative Theory course this spring, with the first meeting delayed until Thursday, February 25th. Classes are scheduled on-location at Folkuniversitetet, Kungstensgatan 45 in Stockholm (nearest train stop is Odenplan, nearest subway stop is Rådmansgatan), with an online option available for those who wish to participate via video-link from home.

As with the two previous terms, I’ll be offering in-person and online participants. We have engaged groups and attendance is always very high. The last few years, spots have been very hard to get, but due to the Pandemic there are at the moment a few left.

The course meets for ten weeks, and covers basic elements of narrative writing, from punctuation and syntax to story mechanics. We also work with theory, and study professional examples. Many students report gaining both skills and self-confidence, and that they learn better self-discipline and editing skills. We also have a lot of fun together.

And good news: some participants from the fall 2020 class are currently writing a story cycle together with some of my other students. The paperback book is scheduled to be printed and released this May. Watch this space for more news about the project. And please contact me at kevin.frato@folkuniversitetet.se if you have any questions.

Looking forward to working with you this spring.

This spring’s Creative Writing and Narrative Theory workshop at Skrivarakademin, Folkuniversitetet (Stockholm, Sweden) will run for ten Monday evenings starting March 11th.

The Novel Development Workshop, for longer or connected words of fiction, will meet five Wednesday evenings starting February 20th.

If you have any questions about either of these workshops, please contact me at kevin.frato@folkuniversitetet.se.

By the way, for those working in shorter formats, I’ll also be running a short story workshop March 2nd and 3rd.

Yes, attendance is high at these workshops.

As usual I’ll be running a free trial session for the Creative Writing and Narrative Theory workshop at Skrivarakademin, Folkuniversitetet, Stockholm.  The date is January 15th, 6-6:45 pm.

During these evenings we usually have time for a bit of writing and sharing, a discussion of what the group is interested, a run-down of what the workshop usually covers and how it works, and other questions and answers.  Sign up here or by writing directly to Skrivarakademin@folkuniversitetet.se.

Last fall, both the workshops I run were completely full.  For this spring, unfortunately the Novel Workshop is already full, but there are still spaces in Creative Writing and Narrative Theory.

See you there.

Since 2012 I’ve be teaching evening courses in Creative Writing and Narrative Theory and its sequel Novel Workshop at Folkuniversitetet’s Skrivarakademin in Stockholm. The courses are split between practice and theory: we practicing linguistic techniques and stylistic elements, as well as studying narrative structure and theory (the novel workshop involves meeting less frequently and working more in-depth with longer texts).  Being a native speaker isn’t a requirement, though the classes require proficiency in English (this is an opportunity for people who work in Swedish, as well, to try their hand at writing fiction in English, and to learn about another theoretical tradition).

Wondering if these classes would suit you? 

Here are a few comments from a former student named Ylva: I was initially sceptical about the writing excersises, because the ones I’ve done in other classes haven’t been very challenging. But these ones were great fun and very rewarding, and I go back to them all the time. I know we only scratched the surface, but the theory, discussions and excersises made a huge difference in how I look at and experience text. And from former student Simon Linter: MY HISTORY My name is Simon Linter and I have been writing stories since I can remember.. When I was four years old, I told my parents that I wanted to be an “arthur”.  Of course, they translated my childish language into “author”. I started to write. I wrote “Signs In The Jungle” when I was seven years old and “The Monster From Mars” when I was nine. During my teens, I continued to write, changing my job description from “arthur” to “journalist”. In 1990, aged fourteen, a video games company published a review I had written about one of their games on one their compilations. It was just the first step. Since 1994, I have worked within the media industry as a journalist, writer, copywriter and communicator. At the same time, I continued to write and found myself writing screenplays as a way to express my ideas. I believed some of them were good and convinced myself that they would be made into films one day. Some time later, I unearthed these screenplays and read through them. They were awful. Unrealistic. They would have made good candidates for the first victims of a bonfire. Yes. They were that bad. All of the screenplays were examples of my overconfidence in thinking I could write masterpieces when I couldn’t. MY STRUGGLES As the new century rolled around, I concentrated on my non-fiction article writing and graphic design work until I came up with an idea for a book. I sat down and started to tap away on a typewriter. I managed type approximately 30000 words until I stopped, scratched my head and said to myself: “What am I writing here? Where am I going with this?”. I ditched the project. A short while later, I started writing another book and the same thing happened. I didn’t know where the story was going, what the characters were doing or how they would get to the end. Once again, I ditched the project.

CREATIVE WRITING AND KEVIN FRATO In 2012, I signed up for Creative Writing, hosted by Kevin Frato at Folkuniversitet. Over ten weeks, Kevin introduced the class to different authors, different theories and opened up valid discussions about how to write. It was an eye-opener. During the classes, the group was given written tasks to complete in 10-15 minutes. Thanks to Kevin’s enthusiasm for his chosen subject and speciality, I could immediately tell that he absorbed words in the same way an addict might inhale a cigarette. I certainly feel that anybody who takes the creative writing courses at Folkuniversitet are privileged to have a teacher as enthusiastic and engaged in creative writing. As I had worked as a writer for many years and felt my writing ability was good, I still had problems when it came to writing fiction. The course introduced me to good solid ways in which to best tackle my writing. It was also a good place to meet fellow budding authors and get their perspective when it came to writing. I dredged up my screenplay “Making Headlines” as part of the first course’s homework and wrote my first finished full-length draft of a novel. During the gap between the first and second course, I wrote a second draft and took into account my classmates’ opinions. The advanced course helped me immensely. Thanks to Kevin’s enthusiasm and teachings, my classmates and the advice given, it enabled me to sit down with “Making Headlines” and go through it with a fine toothcomb. But the biggest plus about being on the advanced writing courses is a simple one: I started writing. I started writing short stories as homework that I wouldn’t have written if left to my own devices. The short stories could be foundations of longer stories, maybe even novels. The classes made me think in ways that I hadn’t thought before and have really sparked me into writing creatively. I would recommend the creative writing courses for anybody that has tried to write a novel, tried to write short stories or those who haven’t tried to write creatively but really want to start. You will be in the very capable and enthusiastic hands of Kevin Frato, who is all about the creative written word.