Popular women's fiction is a capacious umbrella, encompassing styles from issue-led emotional drama to romantic comedies, from contemporary settings to historical, and even fantasy worlds.
Wherever your own idea sits, this inspiring weekend workshop will give you the tools and knowledge you need to complete your work, and a perfect synopsis to help you get it into print. You'll work with best-selling authors Rowan Coleman and Julie Cohen and leading women's fiction agent Madeleine Milburn to really get to know your concept, your characters, your plot and your market. You'll also discover how to condense your story in a publisher-friendly pitch – and find the soul of your novel in the process.
This masterclass is for anyone in the process of writing, or planning, a work of women's fiction and covers a wide range of types of fiction within this category. Attendees will learn about the fundamentals of creating believable, memorable characters, irresistible plots and compelling dynamics, as well as finding an individual voice which will stand out from the crowd. The course also covers how to prepare a book for submission to agents and publishers, as well as how (and when) to self-publish a novel, and the weekend includes an extensive Q&A session with a leading literary agent. Planned sessions include:
- What is women's fiction?
- How to turn an idea or a concept into a stand-out pitch that will catch and agent or editor's eye
- Finding your unique voice as a women's fiction writer
- Plot – how to plan your book to create a dynamic engaging piece of fiction
- Characterisation – how to write characters that your reader will believe in and really care about
- How to maximise your chances of becoming a published writer
- Leading women's fiction agent and talent spotter Madeleine Milburn answers your questions about the world of publishing
This course is for you if…
This course is for people who are looking to originate or develop an idea, or who have been working on a novel and need that extra impetus and expertise to bring it to a high enough standard for submission. Attendees will be asked to submit a plot synopsis and five pages of the first chapter of their novel ahead of the course to enable the tutors to provide tailored feedback.
Rowan Coleman is a multi-award winning and internationally Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author, with more than twenty books in print. Writing under her own name and as Scarlett Bailey, she has a depth of understanding of the wide spectrum of women's fiction, as well as a love for the genre. Her novels include the bestsellers The Accidental Mother, The Happy Home for Broken Hearts and Dearest Rose (Winner of the RNA Epic Romance Novel of 2013 and Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read 2012). Her new novel The Memory Book is published in January 2014. As Scarlett Bailey she has written the romantic comedies The Night Before Christmas, Married by Christmas, and Just for Christmas which has been shortlisted for the Festival of Romance Best Romantic read 2013.
has written eighteen books for a variety of publishers across the spectrum of women's fiction and romance. Her books have sold nearly three-quarter of a million copies worldwide and have been translated into fifteen languages, and she has won or been shortlisted for several awards, including the Romantic Novelists' Association's Romance Prize, the HOLT Medallion, the National Readers' Choice Award, the PRISM Award (for science fiction/fantasy romance) and the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart. A former teacher, she's a popular speaker and tutor of creative writing and has been shortlisted for a Festival of Romance Industry Innovation Award for her teaching. Her latest book is Dear Thing, published in paperback in May 2014.
Guest speaker Madeleine Milburn, of the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film agency, is an agent and expert in acquiring women's fiction. Find out more at www.madeleinemilburn.co.uk
Dates: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January 2014
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)
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