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Novel Writing Essentials

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Start: 18th May 2020 - 6:00pm

Finish: 22nd June 2020 - 8:30pm


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Being stuck inside doesn't mean you can't get your book idea moving at pace.

Led by critically acclaimed author William Ryan, this intensive six-week course is designed for writers looking to transform their novel idea into a fully-fledged manuscript. Expect professional feedback, weekly deadlines, peer-to-peer review, live workshop-ping, presentations on critical aspects of the writing process, and the opportunity to pitch your book to a literary agent.

If you've decided this is the time to give your writing the chance it deserves then this is the course not just to steer you in the right direction, but also the momentum you need.

Course benefits:

Students on this course should expect:

- 15 hours of practical writing advice and tuition over just 6 weeks

- Feedback from William Ryan on up to 5,000 words of your own writing

- The opportunity to pitch the opening of your book to a literary agent

- Peer-to-peer review; amass a wealth of objective feedback from fellow students 

- Deadlines on writing exercises and written work to make the most of what's on offer

- Copies of presentations and audio recordings from all sessions

- A copy of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook

- Exclusive discounts on W&A products including editing services and books

Each week sessions will combine tutorials with practical exercises, discussion and feedback. 


Week One: Monday 18th May

18.00-19.00: The Basics of Writing Fiction - POV, Tense, Style, Setting and Research 

19.05-20.30: Workshop

Week Two: Monday 25th May

18.00-19.00: How to Write Your Central Character

19.05-20.30: Workshop

Week Three: Monday 1st June

18.00-19.00: Writing Secondary Characters 

19.05-20.30: Workshop

Week Four: Monday 8th June

18.00-19.00: Writing Scenes

19.05-20.30: Workshop

Week Five: Monday 15th June

18.00-19.00: Introduction to Plotting and How to Write a Synopsis

19.05-20.30: Workshop

Week Six: Monday 22nd June

18.00-19.00:What Does a Literary Agent Do?

19.05-20.30: Workshop and feedback session from William and literary agent to be confirmed.

Speaker profiles

William Ryan author

William Ryan has written four historical novels which have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, the HWA Gold Crown for Historical Fiction, the Crime Writers Association’s Steel, Historical and New Blood Daggers and the Irish Crime Novel of the Year (three times). William teaches creative writing at City University in London and has previously taught at the University of East Anglia. His latest novel, A House of Ghosts, was published in 2019 by Bonnier Zaffre.

Final guest speaker to be announced.

Event Details

This is an online course which will be presented using video conferencing software. Joining instructions and full guidance will be provided before the course start-date.

Booking & Payment

The course fee of £495 (inc. VAT) is payable in full online. 

Please do contact us if you wish to discuss an instalment payment plan by calling 0207 631 5985 or by sending an email to

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