Short Story Masterclass

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Ioan Kidd, winner of Wales Book of the Year 2014, led two session masterclass on the short story in Pontardawe Library. The long-running Pontardawe Book Club has been a literary fixture in the life of Pontardawe, but this is the first time the group has participated in a creative writing workshop.

Ioan Kidd shared the process of writing and publishing his award-winning novel, Dewis (‘Choice’) with the group, before going on to compare the styles and skills necessary to write shorter fiction, as in his previous collection ‘O cyrion’. Sharing insights into the art of fiction, Ioan Kidd inspired the class to turn their hand to some creative writing themselves. With some advice from the author, members wrote the opening to their own short story:

One of the members, Ann Rosser, said: “[The workshops] were a very valuable experience…to hear about the process of creating a novel and the work that went behind it was an inspiration to us all.”