Start: 7th March 2018 - 6:00pm
Finish: 9th May 2018 - 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.
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 1,000 words of your work – assessed in a workshop environment
- Edited mark-ups of each of your weekly submissions
- Weekly teaching sessions on key elements of the writing process from William
- Sessions punctuated by takeaway practical exercises 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 a guest literary agent and William Ryan at the beginning of the course, followed with another chance to pitch the revised version to the agent 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 6.30-8.30pm at Bloomsbury Publishing (50 Bedford Square) and will take place on Wednesday evenings, moving to a Tuesday evening for the final session. You will be asked to submit extracts from your novel-in-progress prior to the workshop in order to receive written feedback from the course tutor and fellow students. These evening sessions will focus on the essential issues crucial to writing your novel, including 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 7th March
A week prior to the course all attendees should submit a synopsis and sample of your writing (1000 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org
18.00- 19.00: Introduction to the Course
William will be joined by a guest literary agent who will have read and considered the synopses and samples of writing that you have submitted. Together they will discuss your work and identify the particular areas that the course will focus on.
19.15-20.30: William will provide an overview of the Basic Technical Aspects of a Novel.
Extras: You will be asked to submit an extract in which you use research, establish atmosphere and/or establish the setting, together with a brief description of where this fits into your story. This will be discussed in Week 2.
Week 2: Wednesday 14th March
18.00-19.00: Research, Atmosphere & Setting
Extras: You will be asked to submit an extract in which a key plot development occurs, together with a brief description of where this fits into your story. This will be discussed in Week 3.
Week 3: Wednesday 21st March
We will explore the basic structural requirements, how genre influences them and how you can play with and subvert readers' expectations.
Extras: You will be asked to submit an extract which represent the climax of your story. This will be discussed in Week 4.
Week 4: Wednesday 28th March
18.00-19.00: Testing your Story
William will discuss the structural requirements of fiction in more detail.
Extras: At the end of Week 4 you will be asked to submit an extract in which you introduce your central character. This will be discussed in Week 5.
Week 5: Wednesday 4th April
18.00-19.00: Testing Your Central Character
Have you chosen the right central character – and can they be improved?
Extras: You 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 11th April
18.00-19.00: Testing Your Subsidiary Characters
Your story is a world that needs populating – have you chosen the right characters?
Extras: You will be asked to submit an extract in which you show a key conversation taking place, together with a brief description of where this fits into your story and what the characters motivations are. This will be discussed in Week 7.
Week 7: Wednesday 18th April
In this session, a guest author will explore the art and function of dialogue.
Extras: You will be asked to submit an extract that mark the beginning of your story. This will be discussed in Week 8.
Week 8: Wednesday 25th April
18.00-19.00: First Chapters, Scenes, Pace & Tension
William will explore these essential ingredients of the novel.
Extras: You will be asked to submit an extract which you have found problematic or would like to discuss, together with a brief description of where this fits into your story. You will also be asked to submit a 300 word synopsis of your novel in order to assist in your preparation for their submission to the guest agents in Week 10. These will be discussed in Week 9.
Week 9: Wednesday 2nd May
18.00-19.00: Editing, Polishing & Synopses
A guest editor will explain the essential skills necessary to review your writing objectively and improve it, as well as the art of the synopsis.
Extras: At the end of Week 9 you will be asked to submit an extract from your 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: Tuesday 9th May
18.00-19.00: Introducing Your Novel to the World of Publishing
An experienced publisher and our guest literary agents, will discuss what they look for in prospective authors and what authors can expect from them, how the publishing process works and how submitted novels change from first drafts to published books. Our guest literary agents will then join William and our guest editor 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’s novels have been shortlisted or longlisted for numerous awards, including the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, the Crime Writers Association’s Steel, Historical and John Creasey Daggers and the Irish Crime Novel of the Year (three times). William has taught on the Crime Writing Masters at City University in London and he will be a Teaching Fellow on UEA’s Crime Fiction MA in 2017/18. His latest novel, The Constant Soldier, was described by The Daily Mail as “Subtle, suspenseful and superb and as “a modern classic by a master storyteller” by the Lancashire Evening Post. It is currently shortlisted for the HWA Gold Crown for Historical Fiction.
Further speakers to be confirmed
The course fee of £1250 (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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