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Develop your writing: plot and character with Kate and Greg Mosse

Guardian Masterclasses

Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM (GMT)

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You may have an incredible idea for a novel, but without characters to care about, readers will see your plots and action as just stuff that happens to imaginary strangers.

Led by Kate Mosse, author of the multi-million-selling novel Labyrinth and co-founder of the Orange Prize for Fiction, this weekend offers a wealth of discussions, workshops and practical exercises that will expand the way you think about characters you think you already know intimately. You'll learn how their pasts drive their futures, how to keep their actions and reactions in character, and how to ensure their dialogue sounds natural without being pedestrian.

By the end of the weekend, you'll have deep understanding of what makes a strong character, along with a detailed plot outline with the potential to become – with hours of additional hard work, of course – a fully-fledged novel.

Tutor profiles

Kate Mosse is the author of three non-fiction books, one play and five novels, including the multi-million selling international No 1 bestseller, Labyrinth. Translated into 37 languages and published in 40 countries, it won 'Richard & Judy's Best Read' at the 2006 British Book Awards and chosen as one of Waterstone's Top 100 novels of the past twenty five years. She is a guest presenter for BBC Radio 4's A Good Read, a book reviewer for BBC Breakfast News and Late Review. Co-Founder & Honorary Director of the Orange Prize for Fiction, she is also Co-Director of the Chichester Writing Festival with her husband, Greg Mosse. Her new Languedoc novel, Citadel, will be published in the autumn.

Greg Mosse's creative writing teaching is based around the development of craft skills – well-judged sentences, paragraphs, episodes and chapters are the building blocks of good novels. He is programme leader for creative writing at West Dean College where he teaches his own MA degree, validated by University of Sussex, and a wide range of short courses. He also teaches the Southbank Centre Creative Writing School. His knowledge of his subject comes from more than 20 years' professional experience as teacher, editor, translator and writer.


Dates: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November 2012
Times: 10am-5pm
Location: The Guardian, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London, N1 9GU
Early bird special (a limited number of places at a reduced price for people who book in advance) £349
Regular price £399
(all prices include VAT, booking fee, lunch and refreshments)
Event capacity: 16
Dress code: There is no dress code for Masterclasses. Please dress however you feel comfortable.

Testimonials from previous Guardian Masterclasses

Outstanding. Content was exactly as advertised and was brought to life by the sharing of examples of good and bad writing.

The content and delivery were absolutely superb. Best creative writing course/teaching that I have experienced.

Overall I thought it was excellent. I thought that Greg and Kate Mosse provided a very well thought out course that conveyed a lot of practical, useful information in a very friendly and engaging and positive atmosphere. I was surprised by how much it was possible to learn in two days and I would certainly sign up for similar courses, particularly any courses taught by them.

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The Guardian
90 York Way
N1 9AG London
United Kingdom

Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM (GMT)

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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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