The Friday Mini-Courses
The Mini Courses: Friday 9th. From 14:00 to 17:00. Pre-booked optional extra. The mini-course cost is only an additional £75 to the normal Full Festival Weekend price.
**Pick one of our Three Hour Workshop to start your festival weekend with a bang.**
• The Women’s Fiction Masterclass, with Julie Cohen
• Plotting Masterclass, with Andrew Wille
• From Pipedream to Publication, with Clare Wallace & Kerry Fisher
• Self-Editing Your Novel, with Debi Alper
• Self-Publishing Success, with Joanne Phillips
• The Children's Fiction Masterclass, with Tamysn Murray
• Resilient Thinking, with Isabel Costello & Voula Grand
Women’s popular fiction accounts for a large percentage of the adult fiction market, ranging from the commercial to the literary crossover, from contemporary comic romance to multigenerational sagas, historical fiction, and issue-driven ‘book club’ novels. Women’s fiction is about the woman’s story, her hopes, fears, fantasies and empowerment. This mini-course looks at the building blocks of women’s fiction: character, conflict, emotional impact, and connecting with your readers. It will include practical exercises and include a discussion of the current markets.
Award-winning novelist Julie Cohen writes emotional, character-driven women's fiction novels. Her work has been translated into fifteen languages and sold nearly a million copies worldwide. Her latest paperback, Where Love Lies, was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Award. Dear Thing was a Richard and Judy 2014 Summer Book Club selection. Julie is also an experienced teacher, recently leading writing courses for the Guardian, Random House, the V&A Museum and Literature Wales.
Embracing the idea that plot is a verb, as well as a noun, this masterclass examines plotting as an active and artful practice of shaping our stories. Through readings and discussion, we shall look at specific aspects of craft that bring energy and form to our plotting:
• Characters, conflict, and change
• Structure and pacing
• Genres and types of story
• Narrators and storytelling
• Symbols, themes, and obsessions
• Plotting through drafting and revision
We’ll do some in-class exercises, and you’ll also take away writing experiments to try on your work at home.
Andrew Wille has devoted his career to working with books and writers. As senior editor at Little, Brown in London, he edited and acquired many bestselling and critically acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, and subsequently as a freelance editor has worked for most of the UK’s largest publishers as well as many independent presses. He has lived in the United States and Australia, and studied and taught at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado, where he developed a strong interest in contemplative and holistic approaches to writing and creativity.
Andrew regularly speaks and offers editorial guidance at writers’ events, and as a book doctor supports many writers from the start of new projects through to publication and beyond. He also writes fiction and nonfiction. More information as well as resources on writing and publishing can be found at www.wille.org.
Bestselling ebook author, Kerry Fisher and her agent, Clare Wallace from Darley Anderson, will give you tips and techniques to make sure your manuscript has the best chance of success. This mini-course encompasses everything from:
• The most common writing mistakes
• How to approach feedback and options for getting published
• Those all important covering letters
• What to look for in an agent
• How to keep going when the going gets tough.
Debi Alper's first two novels, Nirvana Bites and Trading Tatiana, urban thrillers set among the sub-cultures of South East London, were published by Orion to critical acclaim. Over the years, she has also worked as a charity finance officer, a photographer, farm labourer, life model and wig maker. She wrote her first novel as a direct result of being in a local writers' group and still writes in long hand, lying on the settee.
These days, Debi spends most of her time helping other writers to perfect their novels through critiques, mentoring, Book Doctor sessions and creative writing workshops. She edits in all genres and many authors that she has worked with have been signed up with agents and gone on to see their books published. She also runs the Writers' Workshop Self-Edit Your Novel course, together with Emma Darwin.
In this 3 hour session we’ll dive straight into the exciting world of self-publishing, with an up-to-the-minute look at the state of the industry and a detailed and tailored exploration of the incredible opportunities for writers like you.
You will learn:
• How to navigate your way through self-publishing terminology, routes and common pitfalls.
• How to find great people to work with, such as editors and cover designers, without breaking the bank.
• How to sell your books and build a solid, loyal readership.
The session will also cover formatting your ebook and uploading to Amazon, common myths, piracy, and the most common mistakes made by self-publishers - and how to avoid them!
Joanne Phillips is an Amazon bestselling, award-winning author of contemporary mysteries, romantic comedies, and women’s fiction. She has a Masters degree in creative writing and is a high-profile indie author, and a champion of quality in self-publishing. Joanne can be found at www.joannephillips.co.uk where she blogs about writing, publishing and all things books.