Oxford Writing Masterclasses


All these Oxford writing workshops take place at Modern Art Oxford. Tickets for our Oxford events are on sale at £45 (cost includes a glass of wine on arrival). Unless otherwise stated, all masterclasses will start at 18.30 and wrap up by 21.30. Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.


Event: Fiction Fundamentals: An education on plotting and characterisation

Date: 28th November 2017

Location: Modern Art Oxford

Price: £45 (including a drink upon arrival)

Time: 18:30 – 21:30


Craig (writing as C M Taylor) is the author of five novels. Premiership Psycho (Corsair 2011) and the Amazon best-selling Group of Death (Corsair 2012) form two thirds of a satirical trilogy about contemporary culture described as 'Brilliant' by The Sun, and 'Horribly entertaining' by The Mirror. He's also the author of Light, Cloven and Grief, the latter a dystopian fantasy described by British Science Fiction Association as a work of 'breathtaking originality' and nominated for their Book of the Year.

He is an associate lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, and has taught widely, often on the underlying structures of narrative.


Elizabeth Garner is the author of two novels: Nightdancing and The Ingenious Edgar Jones and is working on her third.

She has 20 years’ experience as an editor in both the film and publishing industry.

She is currently a story-development editor for Unbound Publishing and also teaches creative writing for The Oxford University Department of Continuing Education.


Additional Information:

Join us on the 28th of November for an evening with C M Taylor and Elizabeth Garner. We’ll be exploring fundamental writing techniques to give you a deeper understanding of how a great novel is written. This evening will be split into two sessions:

Session 1 – Plotting with C M Taylor

Using two easy-to-master concepts from the story-teller’s toolkit, we’ll examine the recurrent underlying structure of plot, and talk about how choosing to highlight different aspects of your plot will make it more appropriate for different genres, premises and settings. Plus, we’ll look briefly at how plot effects point of view choice, then reaffirm plot’s essential indivisibility from character development, leaving you with reusable tools and a starting point for deeper investigation.

Session 2  – Characterisation with Elizabeth Garner

Character is plot.  Throughout this workshop, we’ll explore how character development is the backbone of storytelling. We will be discussing how to create engaging complex, characters who come alive upon the page: looking at the tension between the private and the public self.


After both sessions have come to a conclusion, there will be opportunity for a Q & A with Craig and Elizabeth. So, come along ready to learn and full of questions.

Spaces for this workshop are limited. Get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.



*disclaimer: this event will be filmed for promotional purposes. 

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