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Reality Writing

Whether they are incredible tales of survival, intriguing insights behind closed doors or riveting accounts of lives more or less ordinary, true stories fascinate us.  But how do you go about turning travel journals, personal correspondence or private diaries into works of creative non-fiction?

Join author and creative writing tutor Tracey Iceton as she introduces the craft of reality writing, transforming interesting experiences into great reads. Drawing on her own creative practice and doctoral research, Tracey steers writers new to creative non-fiction through the plotting, structuring, peopling and penning of memoirs, biographies, travel writing and true life tales.

Writing activities allow participants to develop ideas while supportive, constructive feedback enables them to get started on their first piece of reality writing or improve a work-in-progress. With the current popularity of creative non-fiction this genre is an ideal opportunity for new writers to break into print!


Tracey Iceton

Tracey Iceton is an author and creative writing tutor from Teesside. Just completing her creative writing PhD at Northumbria University, she is a qualified English teacher experienced in delivering creating writing courses and workshops and has an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University.

Green Dawn at St Enda’s, her debut novel and part one of her Celtic Colours Trilogy, was published by Cinnamon Press in March 2016 with parts two and three following in 2017 and 2019 with plans for her fourth novel, Rock God Complex: The Mickey Hunter Story, to appear in 2020. She won the 2013 HISSAC short story prize for ‘Butterfly Wings’, was runner up in the 2013 and 2014 Cinnamon Press short story competitions with ‘Slag’ and ‘As the world (re)turns’ which appear in the  anthologies Journey Planner and Patria.

She also won the 2011 Writers Block NE Home Tomorrow Short Story Competition and has been shortlisted for the 2012 Bristol Short Story Competition with ‘Apple Shot’ and the 2015 Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition for ‘Ask Not’.  She regularly reads her work at literary events. Her fiction has appeared in; Prole, Litro, Neon, Tears in the Fence, The Momaya Annual Review, The Yellow Room and Writer’s Muse.

Her PhD research, entitled Troubles Women, is a practice-led project exploring the portrayal of female paramilitary protagonists in Troubles fiction through the writing of her latest novel Herself Alone in Orange Rain.  For more information about her writing and research visit:

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Sat 1 Apr

11am - 1pm

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