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How to plan your novel and enjoy the writing process

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Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

How to plan your novel and enjoy the writing process

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Learn how to turn a compelling story idea into a novel at this masterclass with award-winning author Ed Docx. 

Do you have lots of ideas for your novel? Notebooks full of scribbled storylines and dialogue? This masterclass will help you to transform your ideas into a cohesive and compelling story.

Award-winning author Ed Docx will teach you how to create a detailed plan for your novel and kickstart the writing process.

Ed will cover the key things you need to know about plot, character and point of view, and share writing tips you can put into practice instantly. You’ll also learn some key structural and problem-solving skills, enabling you to spend more time being creative and less time worrying about the mechanics of writing.


  • Refining your ideas and finding a focus for your story
  • How to turn your idea into a detailed outline for your novel
  • Planning and structuring your story
  • Establishing a strong writing voice
  • The relationship between plot and character – and how to develop one without destroying the other
  • Finding the point of view that works for you
  • The basics of writing a scene with dialogue
  • Writing techniques you can apply to your work
  • How to solve problems with your story or narrative
  • Lessons from great authors
  • Q&A

Tutor profile

Ed Docx is an author, journalist and experienced creative writing tutor. His first novel The Calligrapher was published in 2003. It was selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as a best book of the year and has now been translated into eight languages. His novel Self Help was longlisted for the Man Booker prize and went on to win the Geoffrey Faber prize. His fourth novel Let Go My Hand was published earlier this year. Find out more about Ed on his website.

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

Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 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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