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The Writers' Workshop is the world's leading consultancy for first time writers.

How I got published: Elisa Lodato

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Guest author and blogger Elisa Lodato is author of An Unremarkable Body. Here Elisa describes how, with some help from one of our editors, she took her story from pen and paper to published novel. In the spring of 2015 … Continue reading

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7 top tips for writing gripping thrillers

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With numerous successful novels to her name, guest author and blogger Eve Seymour has cemented herself as a master of the thriller genre. In this blog, she shares her secrets on how to write those novels you just can’t put … Continue reading

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How to learn the market you write for: Young Adult (YA) fiction

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Something to be conscious of as a fiction writer is the market for which you write. Young Adult (or YA) fiction isn’t a genre, but it’s a defined label in publishing, typically considered for readers aged 12-18 (though this too … Continue reading

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How to self-edit your draft

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Your draft is finished. It’s both a high and a process reaching this point, so congratulations! Self-editing – being able to deconstruct your draft – is the next natural part of writing and is vital in getting your novel elevated … Continue reading

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How to organise writing projects

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A key part of novel-writing is rewriting, revising, editing, and reediting, so organising writing becomes a skill in producing your final, polished manuscript. Here’s how to organise a book writing project. Step 1: Collate fragments into one writing space Consolidate … Continue reading

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How to write a wonderful picture book

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From Allan Ahlberg to Dr Seuss, picture books matter because they create the foundations of a child’s reading life – and you never know what a difference your own book could make. Once upon a bicycle, so they say, a … Continue reading

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Writing your draft: how to finish a novel

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One of the hardest things about finishing a novel – before you think about ideas, characters, or plotting – is finding time and confidence with all those words to write. Maybe writing a novel seems like a mammoth task, a … Continue reading

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Writing your draft: how to write seven basic plots

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One of the trickiest things about first drafts is how to write a plot for your novel that really grips your readers. Knowing the key plot archetypes can help you get going, so we’re looking at the prospective seven basic … Continue reading

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Writing your draft: how to write drama in narrative

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Choosing the right point of view for your novel has an impact on its dramatic effect. Drama can make a vital difference to how a story unfurls, how it’s told, and how it moves its readers. In essence, though, how … Continue reading

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Writing your draft: how to write characters (not clichés)

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Characters bring life and drama to plot. You may have rich, compelling material for a dramatic plot, but if we’re not interested in spending time with your protagonist, and not invested in their journey and character arc, plot action is … Continue reading

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Writing your draft: how to have ideas and beat writer’s block

If you’re on the cusp of a first or a new writing project, congratulations! You’ve bought into the most fun and exciting stage of novel-writing, the invention stage. A blank page needn’t strike terror into your heart, or bring on … Continue reading

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How to start a writer’s blog (the basics)

At 2017’s Festival of Writing, literary agent Julie Crisp took several answers from Twitter users at her workshop, asking if book buys were ever influenced by social media. Please RT: At @julieacrisp workshop on social media & book marketing. #FoW17 … Continue reading

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How to stand out at the Festival of Writing

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The Festival of Writing is designed to help writers meet literary agents: in lucky circumstances, an agent will be wowed, sign you on, and that’s the dream we want to help co-create. Writers have already met their literary agents as … Continue reading

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An interview with agents – how to polish submissions

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Having shared insights with our Festival of Writing 2017 delegates this weekend, three agents – Catherine Cho, Sandra Sawicka, Susan Yearwood – sat down for an interview on getting agent submissions right, what they’re most moved by, what they’re looking … Continue reading

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Sunday at the Festival of Writing – inspiration and motivation

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In the final ‘live’ blog from the Festival of Writing, Sarah Ann Juckes reveals the top tips of the Festival and reminds us how we can do it all again next year. … The last day of the Festival of … Continue reading

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