ONLINE Writer Training Session: Writing a Synopsis

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A 2-hour online workshop to learn the tricks of how to hone your story for a synopsis: what to keep, what to lose, what to emphasise.

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This 2-hour online workshop will teach you in a practical way how to write a synopsis for submission to an agent, producer or competition.

Your tutor will be Olivia Chapman, from Writing West Midlands.

You’ll learn how to structure your synopsis, what to include and what to leave out, and how to pick out the most important parts of your story.

This workshop is intended for prose writers (both fiction and non-fiction) and scriptwriters.

In order to participate fully, you will need to have a complete story (in whatever form) which you can talk about from start to finish.

Although you do not need to be published to attend, you do need to have a complete manuscript as the synopsis will include the full story you have written.


The workshop will take place online via Zoom Online Meeting software. It is free to download and you will only need the free version to attend. Please download it and check it is working before the day of the workshop.

Olivia will be "hosting" the meeting, and will be online 15 minutes before the advertised start time to allow you to join and test your audio and video is working as it should.

Please try and be somewhere you can concentrate and won't be interrupted. Headphones can be useful if you have some, to cut out other noise.

The meeting host will mute all mics and switch them on for general discussion, asking participants to raise their hand to speak - online meetings make it much harder to see if someone wants to speak.


Olivia Chapman is the PR & Communications Manager for Writing West Midlands, and has been pitching books and scripts as well as events and festivals since she started working in publishing in 2005.

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