Crossword Masterclass for Aspiring Setters and Advanced Solvers
Brighton, Saturday 23 May 2020
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A message from Guardian setter Boatman:
Important Update – 25-03-2020
In light of the current travel restrictions during the Covid-19 outbreak, my spring masterclass will take place online. The contents of the class will be essentially the same, including individual advice and the same extensive course materials, and there’ll be plenty of interaction with other participants. We’ll also be able to allow the class to run on a little longer than normal in order to allow more time for questions, and I’ll pass on any savings in the costs of venue hire and catering, which means that the cost will be £125 per person instead of the usual £150.
My spring masterclass will see us once again in Brighton, on Saturday 23 May 2020.
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, grid filling and theme development, with the emphasis on the things that make the difference between good and mediocre puzzles. 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.
May is a wonderful time to visit Brighton, as it hosts England’s largest arts festival. Make a weekend of it, and enjoy everything that this vibrant city has to offer!
I hope you’ll join us, and learn a lot about compiling from me and from each other..
|Date||Saturday 23 May 2020
|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|
For full details and to book your place in the class, please follow this link: