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From first ideas to first draft with Ed Docx

Guardian Masterclasses

Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM (BST)

London, United Kingdom

From first ideas to first draft with Ed Docx

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Novelist Ed Docx provides budding writers with practical tools that will help you get the best from your native creativity

Bursting with ideas, research and fragments of writing – but struggling to turn them into a cohesive novel? In this two-day masterclass, award-winning novelist Ed Docx shows you how to the indispensable tools of the writer's trade to solve any creative problems the writing process may throw at your manuscript.

The course offers a no-nonsense introduction to the defining mechanics of plot, character, style, voice and point of view, and will equip you for the testing journey from initial concept to completed first draft – the steepest part of the learning curve for any writer. The emphasis of the weekend is on providing practical advice– attendees will leave with an armoury of useful, usable techniques that can be put into practice instantly. An inspiring event which will boost your confidence, and stand you in good stead throughout your writing career.

Course description

This is a practical, hands-on course designed to help budding authors learn basic structural and problem-solving skills, enabling writers to spend more time indulging their creativity and less time stressing over the mechanics of writing. Topics covered include:

  • Interrogating your ideas, and finding focus
  • The relationship between plot and character: how to develop one without destroying the other
  • The elements of style
  • Establishing a voice
  • Find the point of view that works for you
  • Working lessons from great authors 

This course is for you if…

  • You have a firm idea of a story you want to write, but no previous technical training in long-form prose writing
  • You have a basic understanding of writing techniques, but lack confidence in your abilities

Tutor profile

Ed Docx is an author and journalist. His first novel, The Calligrapher, was published in 2003 to widespread acclaim. It was selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as a best book of the year and has now been translated into eight languages. In 2007, his second novel, Self Help, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and went on to win the Geoffrey Faber prize. His third novel, The Devil's Garden, was published in 2012.

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When & Where

Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM (BST)


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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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