Start: 30th January 2019 - 6:00pm
Finish: 3rd April 2019 - 8:30pm
Join us for a ten-week course dedicated to helping you transform your novel idea into a fully-fledged manuscript.
Whether you've written half a draft or on your third edit, we've designed this course to help you progress as a writer. Along with giving you the ‘how-to’ writing tools you need to hone your novel-in-progress, your work will be assessed along the way by experts in their fields, all designed to help you take your writing to the next level.
Led by author and creative writing tutor William Ryan, the course will look at essential elements of the writing craft and how you can apply them to your own manuscript, including writing exercises that directly involve the material of your novel-in-progress.
Based at our Bloomsbury offices, evening sessions will last for two and a half hours, from 6-8.30pm, making it ideal for those with full-time jobs and other commitments. There will be opportunities at the beginning and the end of the course to get to know the other writers, as well as William himself.
Rob Scragg, author of What Falls Between The Cracks
Jemima Forrester, literary agent and guest course speaker
There will be a maximum of 12 students in your session, in which you will receive:
- Weekly writing workshops led by William, focusing on extracts from your novel. You will receive 3 group critiques – each of up to 1,200 words of your work – assessed in a workshop environment
- Edited mark-ups of your submissions at least every other week
- Weekly teaching sessions on key elements of the writing process from William and other tutors
- Sessions punctuated by takeaway practical advice based around your own writing, each designed to improve your work and enhance its chances of being published
- The opportunity to give and receive constructive feedback on submitted work from your fellow students
- 25 hours of advice from a combination of leading authors and publishing industry professionals designed to help you take your work forward towards publication
- Feedback on your novel’s premise and sample chapters from both William and guest literary agent TBC at the beginning of the course, followed by another chance to pitch the revised version of your novel to Agents TBC at the end of the course
- Exclusive discounts on W&A products and a complimentary copy of the latest edition of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook
- The chance to meet like-minded authors and study at our offices in historic Bloomsbury
Note: Skype and conference call facilities can be arranged for those who would like to access sessions remotely. Please contact Writers & Artists at the email address below for further details.
The workshops will run from 6.00-8.30pm at Bloomsbury Publishing (50 Bedford Square) and will take place on Wednesday evenings. You will be asked to submit extracts from your novel-in-progress prior to the workshop in order to receive written feedback from William and fellow students. These evening sessions will focus on the essential issues crucial to writing your novel, including structure, dialogue, character development and self-editing.
Throughout the course, you will be joined by leading authors and publishing industry experts offering advice designed to help you hone and refine your novel-in-progress. With plenty of opportunity for Q&A's, these sessions will give you a greater insight into the world of publishing, and give you a clear view of what you need to achieve in your writing.
At the beginning of the course you’ll be joined by a guest literary agent, who will have read the opening of your novel plus a one-page synopsis of your novel-in-progress. They will discuss your work and identify the particular areas that you’ll need to work on during the course. Towards the end of the course, students will be asked to submit their work again to the literary agent, who will also be joined by other top literary agents to hear your novel pitches and give their feedback on your submitted synopses and sample writing.
Week 1: Wednesday 30th January
A week prior to the course all attendees should submit a synopsis (500 words) and sample of your writing (1,200 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org
18.00- 19.00: Introduction to the Course
William will be joined by literary agent TBC, who will have read and considered the synopses and samples of writing that you have submitted. They will discuss your work and identify the particular areas of the narrative you should hope to focus on within the course.
19.15-20.30: William will provide an overview of the Basic Technical Aspects of a Novel.
Extras: The attendees to be workshopped will be asked to submit an extract in which they use research, establish atmosphere and/or establish the setting, together with a brief description of where this fits into their story. This will be discussed in Week 2.
Week 2: Wednesday 6th February
18.00-19.00: Research, Atmosphere & Setting
Extras: The attendees to be workshopped will be asked to submit an extract in which a key plot development occurs, together with a brief description of where this fits into their story. This will be discussed in Week 3.
Week 3: Wednesday 13th February
Guest author TBCwill explore the basic structural requirements, how genre influences them and how you can play with and subvert readers' expectations.
Extras: The attendees to be workshopped will be asked to submit a 300-word revised version of your synopsis, as well as an extract which represent the climax of their story. This will be discussed in Week 4.
Week 4: Wednesday 20th February
18.00-19.00: Testing your Story
William will discuss the structural requirements of fiction in more detail.
Extras: The attendees to be workshopped will be asked to submit an extract in which they introduce their central character. This will be discussed in Week 5.
Week 5: Wednesday 27th February
18.00-19.00: Testing Your Central Character
Have you chosen the right central character – and can they be improved?
Extras: The attendees to be workshopped will be asked to submit an extract which shows the relationship between a subsidiary character and the central character. This will be discussed in Week 6.
Week 6: Wednesday 6th March
18.00-19.00: Testing Your Subsidiary Characters
Your story is a world that needs populating – have you chosen the right characters?
Extras: The attendees to be workshopped will be asked to submit an extract in which they show a key conversation taking place, together with a brief description of where this fits into their story and what the characters motivations are. This will be discussed in Week 7.
Week 7: Wednesday 13th March
Your story needs conversation: in this session, William will explore the art and function of dialogue.
Extras: The attendees to be workshopped will be asked to submit an extract that marks the beginning of their story. This will be discussed in Week 8.
Week 8: Wednesday 20th March
18.00-19.00: First Chapters, Scenes, Pace & Tension
In this session, William work through and explore these essential ingredients of the novel.
Extras: All attendees will be asked to submit an extract which they have found problematic or would like to discuss, together with a brief description of where this fits into their story. They will also be asked to submit a 300-word synopsis of their novel in order to assist in preparation for submitting to the guest agents in Week 10. These will be discussed in Week 9.
Week 9: Wednesday 27th March
18.00-19.00: Editing, Polishing & Synopses
Guest editor TBC will explain the essential skills necessary to review your writing objectively and improve it, as well as the art of the synopsis. They will also discuss what they look for in prospective authors, what authors can expect from them, how the publishing process works and how submitted novels change from first drafts to published books.
Extras: At the end of Week 9 all attendees will be asked to submit an extract from their novel as well as a synopsis, and asked to prepare a one-minute pitch in preparation for the pitching session in Week 10.
Week 10: Wednesday 3rd April
18.00-19.00: Introducing Your Novel to the World of Publishing
Literary agents TBCwill rejoin William to hear your pitches and give their feedback on your submitted synopses and sample writing.
Extras: This final session will conclude with a refreshments and the opportunity to review the course and ask any final unanswered questions you might have.
William will read and mark up all work submitted during the course – highlighting areas which may need work and pointing out areas of strength. In addition you will be expected to read and give constructive feedback on the submitted work of the other students, as will the other students be expected to constructively feedback on your work.
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 new novel, A House of Ghosts, will be published in October
FURTHER SPEAKERS TO BE CONFIRMED SHORTLY
The course will be held at Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP.
The course fee of £950 (inc VAT) per student is payable in full online. Please do contact us to discuss an instalment payment plan by calling us on 0207 631 5985 or by sending an email to email@example.com
Please note that opportunities to partake in this course via Skype are available, so do get in touch with us on the above email if you’re interested in finding out more.
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