Friday 24th June: Point-of-view: The Writer’s Invaluable Friend. Tickets Only £45
Point-of-view may be one of the less frequently discussed elements of the novelist and short story writer’s process, but there’s no doubt that it’s also one of the most significant. It might even be the most significant, given that it tends to be the component of the prose that binds all the other elements (e.g. plot, voice, character development) together into a psychologically consistent whole. Relevant to writers in all genres and to beginners and more experienced writers alike, Jeremy Sheldon will spend this session discussing point-of-view in depth and use practical examples to show how control of its many possibilities can lead to more focused, more coherent and more affective narrative voices on the page.
Jeremy Sheldon is an author and screenwriter with 14 years’ experience in film, publishing, higher education and communications. His collaborators and clients range from top award winning producers to highly acclaimed independent filmmakers, from governments and global corporations to the world’s leading schools and universities. The Comfort Zone and The Smiling Affair are published by Jonathan Cape. His feature film work includes Montana, Allies and Thin Rain, an action-thriller to be directed by John McTiernan in 2016.
News Flash: Author C.M.Taylor will now be joining Jeremy to discuss all things Point-of-View.
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 savagely satirical trilogy about contemporary celebrity 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 2005 Book of the Year.
Craig has also co-written a horror movie script, Writers Retreat, which was filmed in 2014 and premiered at the Sitges International Film Festival. He is an associate lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, and has taught widely, often on the underlying structures of narrative.
Friday 29th July: Self-Editing Your Novel.
Encapsulating their acclaimed online Self-Edit Your Novel course, Debi Alper and Emma Darwin will discuss how you can make your plot more compelling, your characters more vivid and their voices more engaging, so that every word counts.
Industry Guest: We’ll also have a hands-on editor from a publishing house to give a good balance between what makes a good story and what publishers are looking for, as well as an overview of the whole editing process.
Debi Alper is the author of gritty, funny, contemporary novels with Orion – and a hugely respected tutor and book doctor with the Writers’ Workshop. Debi edits in all genres and several authors that she has worked with have been signed up with agents and gone on to see their books published. Emma Darwin is that rare thing: an acclaimed literary author who’s graced the bestseller lists. Her fiction has been shortlisted and longlisted for numerous prizes and sold extensively overseas. Her latest book, Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction, (John Murray/Teach Yourself) was published in March 2016. Emma is an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing with the Open University.
Location: Waterstones, 203 – 206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. Time: 6.30-9.00
Price: £45 (including drink on arrival).