Establishing a Sense of Place

9th September 2021 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Online

A strong sense of place is the anchor of a story, allowing your readers to fully immerse themselves in the world of your story. 

Join author Francine Toon for this masterclass on Establishing a Strong Sense of Place, an event that makes up part of The Writing Process, a series held in collaboration with Book Aid International. Through a mixture of creative writing exercises, practical advice and conversation, Francine will take you through the essential elements that distinguish place, how you can build this without info-dumping(!), and how character, viewpoint, tense and dialogue can influence and establish the world you're writing.

Copies of Francine's book, Pine, will be available for attendees to purchase at an exclusive event price via our independent bookshop partner Maldon Books

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Speaker profiles
Francine Toon

Francine Toon grew up in Sutherland and Fife, Scotland. Her debut novel Pine was a Sunday Times bestseller and the winner of the 2020 McIlvanney Prize. It was shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year and longlisted for the Highland Book Prize and the Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award. Her poetry, written as Francine Elena, has appeared in The Sunday TimesThe Best British Poetry 2013 and 2015 anthologies (Salt) and Poetry London, among other places. She lives in London and works in publishing.

Booking & payment

The workshop fee of £25 (incl. VAT) is payable in full online. A percentage of all ticket sales will go directly to Book Aid International.

This is a live online event, which will be presented using video conferencing software so attendees will need internet access to attend. In the week leading up to the event, W&A Admin will provide all registered attendees with joining instructions.

Event materials will be made available to attendees for a time-limited period after the event at the author's discretion.

Maldon Books





Copies of Francine's book will be available to purchase via Maldon Books, our independent bookshop partner. All attendees will receive a unique discount code via email from the W&A team to redeem against their book purchase.

If you would like to book all four masterclasses, you can do this at a special combined price of £75

Please note that payment instalment plans are available for all W&A events, writing courses and editing services. Contact W&A Admin on so that we can find a payment schedule that works for you.


Accessible to All

It’s of real importance to Writers & Artists that our events and courses remain accessible to all.

  • Writers & Artists has made up to five bursary places available for this event as part of our accessibility scheme. Please visit our bursaries page for further information about how to apply. All bursary applications must have been submitted for consideration by Sunday 29th August.
  • At the author’s discretion, event materials will be made available to attendees after the masterclass.
  • A link to a recording of the masterclass will be circulated after the event. This will be made available to event attendees only, and for a time-limited period.
  • This event will include written text and visuals. Please contact us in advance so that we can make arrangements to be sure all documents appear in a format that works for you.
  • If you’d like to attend but have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, then please email



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