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How to write a novel that sells

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Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

How to write a novel that sells

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Many people dream of writing a novel, but few succeed in finishing one and then selling it for publication. This course will show you how to do exactly that, from developing your idea to approaching agents.

How do you invest your time in an idea that is actually marketable? And how do you then package that idea to give it the best chance of getting published?

In this evening masterclass with acclaimed author Claire McGowan, you will look at the key building blocks that make a successful novel, including genre story and concept, narrative techniques, plotting, suspense and characterisation - and then will be shown how you can take those building blocks beyond the page and onto the shelf.

Claire will take you through the choice of idea and concept, how to improve and strengthen it, and how to overcome writing blocks, flagging self-confidence, and planning and outlining. No matter the stage you are at - whether your idea is just forming, or you are approaching literary agents - you will come away with an understanding of the industry, how to pitch your work, and most importantly, how to keep going when the going gets tough.

Course content

  • Choosing marketable ideas; what gets published and what doesn’t?

  • Six-figure ideas - the books that sell for large amounts

  • Using genre to sell a book

  • Shaping a strong story

  • Standing out in the marketplace

  • How to finish your book

  • Next steps - looking for an agent

  • Ways of getting noticed

Tutor profile

Claire McGowan is the author of 10 acclaimed novels, including the Paula Maguire crime series, which was optioned by the BBC, and women's fiction under the pseudonym Eva Woods. Claire teaches on the crime thriller MA programme at City University London. Read more about her on her website.

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

Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

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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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