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Lynne Truss gives writing tips to Sussex students

* 12 May 2004 *

Lynne Truss gives writing tips to Sussex students

International best-selling author Lynne Truss will be giving trade tips to University of Sussex creative writing students as part of a new lecture series set up in association with the prestigious Asham Literary Endowment Trust.

The Asham Sussex Lecture, 'Reeling and Writhing (what a writer does)', takes place on May 15, 2004, at the university and will be followed by the launch of Elephant Heights, an anthology of work  by students who have taken the Certificate in Creative Writing at the University's Centre for Continuing Education (CCE).  Also on sale will be books by tutors and former creative writing students.

Course convenor Richard Crane said: "We are thrilled that Lynne will give the inaugural lecture. She is a good example of a writer working in different forums across the media - from journalism to radio to fiction and non-fiction.  She will be talking from her own point of view, with anecdotes and advice about the process and discipline of being a writer."

Brighton-based Truss is the author of the best-seller, Eats, Shoots and Leaves,  a passionate defence of proper punctuation inspired by a joke about a panda and the misuse of a comma.  She has also written three novels, several radio dramas and continues to work as a critic, columnist and sportswriter.

The Asham Literary Endowment Trust was established by Lewes District Council eight years ago to support and encourage new writers. It was named after Asham House in Sussex where Virginia and Leonard Woolf lived.  The Trust, which runs a biennial national short story competition for women,  has recently received a grant from  Arts Council England to fund educational development and outreach work. A figure of £30,000 has been allocated for the first year's activities, which include the Sussex Asham Lecture.

Asham Endowment  Trust administrator Carole Buchan said: "The lecture is just the start of our collaboration with the CCE course and it will be an annual event. We will also be working with them on a number of projects to encourage new writers."

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