Ian Mcmillan's Writing Lab

Ian Mcmillan hosts a creative writing series.

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Episodes

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0101Openings20070105

Ian and Professor of English John Mullan map out how to pull off the perfect opening to a novel.

0102Life Writing20070112

Aided by novelist and biographer D J Taylor, Ian explores the techniques behind the memoir.

Contributors include Michael Holroyd, Hanif Kureishi, Richard Holmes and Horatio Clare, whose writing hovers on the boundary between fact and fiction.

0103Stage Dialogue20070119
0104Poetic Form20070126

Ian Mcmillan hosts the creative writing series.

He is joined by poet and critic Mark Ford to discuss the vexed question of poetic form.

Should the apprentice poet let their verse range free or conform to the creative restrictions of a structured format? Tips and advice are offered by leading poets Tom Paulin, Wendy Cope and Michael Rosen

0105Creating Characters20070202
0106 LASTHow To Plot A Thriller20070209

Aided by novelist Natasha Cooper, he investigates the techniques of plotting a thriller.

Contributors include Sarah Dunant