Learn from some of the UK’s most distinguished writers over the course of an intensive weekend, in central London, on the craft of writing a novel.
It’s been said that ‘everyone has a book in them’. But nearly all writers and, in particular, writers who are starting out, need practical advice, technical guidance, and a healthy dose of encouragement. Marie Claire has designed an intensive creative writing weekend, with some of our favourite authors, to help aspiring fiction writers make their dreams a reality. Blending an intoxicating combination of inspiration, technical appreciation and practical advice, this weekend course will equip you with the essential ingredients to take your novel writing to the next stage.
Day One (Saturday 22nd October) will begin with an inspiring keynote address on the writing process from acclaimed novelist Lionel Shriver (author of the global bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin), before breaking down into smaller groups for a series of practical workshops. These sessions will cover everything from plot, voice, point of view, characterisation, and dialogue - and be taught by award-winning novelists. Each group will have the opportunity to attend every workshop over the course of the weekend.
On Day Two (Sunday 23rd October), the workshops will continue during the morning before the groups re-convene for a final session on the practicalities of getting published in the digital world and the current state of the publishing eco-system. There will be formal opportunities for question and answer throughout the weekend, and informal lunches to mingle with like-minded individuals and pick the brains of the tutors.
Contributing tutors include celebrated authors, Louise Doughty, Sarah Hall, Ross Raisin, Jill Dawson and Lionel Shriver plus agents and leading figures from the publishing industry including top literary agent, Clare Conville.
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