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Writing non-fiction: A one-day workshop with Simon Garfield

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Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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Writing non-fiction: A one-day workshop with Simon Garfield May 18, 2018 £249.00 £7.80
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An unmissable opportunity to receive guidance on your writing from Simon Garfield, one of the UK’s most successful non-fiction authors and winner of the Somerset Maugham prize.

If you’ve got an idea for a work of non-fiction, don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from Simon Garfield, bestselling author of On the Map and To the Letter.

Simon will offer his advice on everything from content to commercial viability and share tips on what editors and publishers tend to look for in submissions.

Ahead of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to submit a short outline of the book you’re working on or want to write.

On the day, Simon will show you how to resolve common problems in your writing process and provide tailored advice on individual projects. You’ll learn how to structure and compose an exciting non-fiction book that will appeal to both readers and publishers.


  • A guide to different genres within non-fiction
  • The architecture of a non-fiction book: what works and what doesn’t
  • The writing process;: how to resolve problems when you get stuck and when to stop writing
  • Detailed advice on how to put together a convincing submission document to send to an agent or publisher
  • Writing the perfect synopsis
  • What editors look for in submissions – and why
  • Advice on the commercial market for non-fiction
  • Opportunity for some tailored feedback on your idea for a non-fiction book
  • Q&A

Course preparation

  • Ahead of the course, you’re encouraged to submit an outline of your current project if you have one – but this is not essential. If you would like to submit an outline, it should be no more than 500 words in length.
  • Please email your outline to by 4pm, Friday 24 November 2017.
  • If you do not wish to submit a written outline, please arrive at the class with a clear idea of the project you’d like to write or are already working on.

Tutor profile

Simon Garfield is the author or editor of 17 works of non-fiction, ranging from works on the music industry to railways and personal memoir. His titles include A Notable Woman: The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt and The End of Innocence, which won the Somerset Maughan Prize. 

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

Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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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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