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Guardian Masterclasses

Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4:00 PM (GMT)

How to develop your book and get published

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How to develop your book and get published Mar 16, 2018 £449.00 £6.50
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What if you could reconnect to your initial enthusiasm for your book and keep it going until the final page? This unique weekend course will give you the practical and motivational tools for developing your book and attracting a publisher.

During this inspirational two-day masterclass, writing coach and accomplished book editor Philippa Pride will help you to choose the right direction for your book – and inspire you to take it to a new level. Not only does Philippa have huge experience as a publisher, she is also a certified neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) coach. 

This course is designed for anyone with a book in progress who needs help with technical or motivational issues and wants to get their work published. Through traditional coaching and NLP techniques, you’ll learn how to zap your inner critic, set yourself a manageable regime for completing your book, equip yourself with the tools for revising your first draft and understand the art and science of engaging readers.

You’ll also receive invaluable advice on how to approach and make your work attractive to literary agents and publishers. Book now and spend the weekend accessing reserves of motivation and discipline you didn’t know you had.


  • Create a punchy elevator pitch and learn how to write a first-rate submission letter
  • How to keep writing and enjoy the process, chapter after chapter
  • Enhance the quality of your book – small changes for major effect
  • Learn how to engage the reader through NLP (neuro-linguistic programming)
  • Take stock: when to "push on through" and when to look back
  • How to make your characters come alive on the page
  • What editors are looking for: the science, the art and the passion
  • Revision: how to switch from the intuitive first draft to the analytical rewrite
  • Understanding the publishing process and basic legal matters
  • How to attract an agent, publisher and readership
  • Feedback on your early pages
  • Writing exercises and Q&A

Please note this course is suitable for people who have already started work on their novel. If you’re looking for a beginner-level class with Philippa, you may be interested in her course Free your creativity and get started on your book.

Course preparation

Ahead of the course, you’re welcome to submit two pages of your novel (max 800 words) with a brief description (80 words of blurb + a 20-word biography) for Philippa. Please email it to by Friday 2 March 2018.

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

Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, March 18, 2018 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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