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Late Spring Masterclass (May 2017)

Crossword Masterclass for Aspiring Setters and Advanced Solvers

Brighton, Saturday 6 May 2017

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A message from Guardian setter Boatman:

My late spring masterclass will see us once again in Brighton. We’ll have the use of our favourite quiet, airy room in the charming Friends’ Meeting House in the historic centre of Brighton, where lunch will be provided by one of our characterful local cafes and there’ll be good coffee & teas, fruit and other goodies available all day. I’m looking forward to a stimulating class, with a group of people representing a range of experience, from self-confessed dabblers to those who are starting to have their work published, along with perhaps a few advanced solvers who’ll be able to enhance their enjoyment of crosswords by taking the opportunity to find out how setters’ minds work.

We’ll look at clue-writing (with the emphasis on the things that make the difference between good and mediocre puzzles), grid filling and theme development. You’ll receive a copy of the other participants’ work before the class, so that you’ll have a chance to think like an editor and to see your own work through other people’s eyes, and you’ll receive notes and personal guidance, with suggestions for further work, and over 250 pages of course materials.

I hope you’ll join us, and learn a lot about compiling from me and from each other.

May is a specially good time to visit Brighton, as it hosts its annual arts festival – the largest in England. Make a weekend of it and immerse yourself in some of the most thrilling theatre, music, literature and visual arts around.

Date Saturday 6 May 2017
Time 09:30 to 16:00
Venue Brighton Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF
Accessibility Our room is fully accessible by stair-lift.

By bus to North Street 10 minute walk from Brighton Railway Station:

Parking one minute away in the Lanes (Bartholomew Square) car park

Cheaper parking by park & ride from Withdean:

Cost £150 including lunch, drinks and snacks

I hope you’ll join us, and learn a lot about compiling from me and from each other.

For full details and to book your place in the class, please follow this link:

Cryptics by Boatman