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How to structure your novel: A weekend workshop

Guardian Masterclasses

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM (GMT)

How to structure your novel: A weekend workshop

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Learn how to navigate the journey from initial concept to a completed first draft with award-winning novelist Ed Docx.

There’s no denying that writing a novel is a serious challenge. But the whole process is easier if your story has a clear and workable structure. During this unique masterclass with award-winning novelist Ed Docx, you’ll learn how to fine-tune the framework for your story and navigate the testing journey from initial concept to a completed first draft.

Using his vast reserves of experience and enthusiasm, Ed will teach you the defining mechanics of plot, character, style and point of view. You’ll learn how stories work, so you can plan ahead and make the right fixes where they are needed.

Ed will provide you with tools and techniques that you can put into practice instantly, and share precious advice on how to transform your concept into a cohesive and truly compelling novel. 

Course content

  • The mechanics of writing
  • How to structure a story from start to finish
  • Developing your ideas – and finding focus for your story
  • Ensuring the key turning points and moments of conflict in your story are in the right place
  • The main things you need to know about voice and dialogue
  • Finding the point of view that works for you
  • Characterisation: how to design a cast
  • Advice on how to be critical about your own work and make it the best it can possibly be
  • Working lessons from great authors
  • Writing techniques that can be put into practice instantly
  • Q&A and discussion

This course is for you if…

  • You have a firm idea for a story you want to write, but have had little or no technical training.
  • You’ve started work on a novel and want advice on how to structure your work and make it more compelling.
  • You have a great idea for a story, but are unsure how to develop it into a well-structured novel.

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. 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. 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, November 18, 2017 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, November 19, 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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