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SMALL LIKE A BULLET – How to write a synopsis
Sat 19 November 2016, 10:00 – 13:00 GMT
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WORD FACTORY PRESENTS:
Small Like A Bullet – A Day-Long Festival
Small like a bullet, is how A.L. Kennedy has described the short story form. To help ensure your writing has maximum impact, Word Factory and Mslexia magazine are delighted to announce a day-long festival of literary advice, superb readings, and conversation – the penultimate celebration of our Sublime Women 2016 series.
Sharpen your aim: members of the Mslexia team will be on hand throughout the day to offer advice on writing, editing and publishing – www.mslexia.co.uk
The Festival Events:
- How to write a synopsis: 10am – 12am | DETAILS HERE
- Michèle Roberts on Colette: 1pm – 4pm | DETAILS HERE
- Meet the editors: 4pm – 5.30pm | DETAILS HERE
- Small like a bullet salon: SALON #49: 6pm – 8pm | DETAILS HERE
SMALL LIKE A BULLET
How to write a synopsis
A Mslexia masterclass led by editor Debbie Taylor that aims to take the pain out of writing this most daunting piece of text. If the novel is a cake, the synopsis is the menu. It’s the document agents and editors turn to when they want to discover the basic plot of your book – and to satisfy themselves that you are in control. But encapsulating a 100,000 word novel into less than 1,000 words can feel overwhelming. Debbie will help you select which characters and plotlines to focus on, which to leave out and how to weave them into a convincing narrative. She will also familiarise you with the conventions of the synopsis writing style and help you create that all-important pitch paragraph that will set the scene and make the reader sit up and take notice. This workshop is designed for new writers who have completed, or nearly completed, a full draft of their book. In order to benefit from the exercises, you will need to be familiar with the details of your characters, their motivation, and all the main events in your story.
Masterclass limited to 20 places.