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Guardian Masterclasses

Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 4:00 PM (GMT)

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An inspiring weekend workshop with writing coach and book editor Philippa Pride, who has worked with bestselling authors such as Stephen King.  

Learn how to overcome self-doubt, find your voice and become a more disciplined writer at this fantastic masterclass with Philippa Pride. Suitable for writers of all skill levels, the class will teach you workable techniques to help you to channel your inner creativity, even when inspiration is running dry.  

Over the course of the weekend, you’ll take part in practical workshops that will help you to plan, structure and pitch your book. With exercises tailored to the abilities and interests of students, it’s the ideal chance to get professional feedback in a supportive group environment. Book your place now – and learn how to spend less time worrying and more time enjoying the writing process.

Course content 

  • Setting goals and a writing schedule to suit your life
  • Exercises for creativity – how to find your unique voice, switch off your inner critic and enjoy the writing process
  • How to shape your book and create ‘narrative drive’
  • How to create compelling plots, characters and dialogue
  • Visualisations – the magic of imagery and metaphor
  • Structuring your book – the benefits of a chapter breakdown
  • Moving from concept to final draft
  • Q&A, writing exercises and group discussion 

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Tutor profile

Philippa Pride has been running creative writing courses since 2006, combining her skills as a certified NLP master practitioner and coach with her inside knowledge of the publishing profession. Before setting up her own business, The Book Doctor, Philippa was a commissioning editor for Hodder. She continues her connection with Hodder as British editor for bestselling author Stephen King.


  • There was a really great energy in the room. The course attracted an interesting mix of people who were easy to engage with and Philippa set a positive tempo from the outset.
  • I found [Philippa] both an inspiration and a pleasure, and she made each and every one of us feel valued.
  • I thought the masterclass with Philippa was faultless. It exceeded my expectations in every way – in its content; structure; the professional way in which it was run; the friendliness of the Guardian staff; in the warm and very supportive atmosphere of the classroom and most of all in Philippa’s exceptional ability to teach, guide and inspire.

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The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 4:00 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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