All our London Creative writing Courses & Classes take place at Waterstones, Piccadilly. Tickets are on sale at £45 (cost includes a glass of wine on arrival). Unless otherwise stated, all classes will start at 18.30 and wrap up by 21.00. Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
These workshops act as a series of Festival of Writing 'taster' sessions, to allow writers to experience some of what we offer at the main event.
Show, don’t tell – or so we’re told. But once upon a time we told stories, didn’t we? And in practice, any successful piece of storytelling needs to balance both showing and telling. In this workshop we’ll look at examples of both narrative modes, and find ways to blend them into our own writing.
Andrew Wille was a senior editor at Little, Brown UK, acquiring and editing critically acclaimed and award-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. He has tutored for Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and Falmouth University, and is a book doctor and freelance editor. More info at www.wille.org.
Following Andrew's workshop, we will be joined by Jo Unwin (left) of Jo Unwin Literary Agency and Jenny Savill (right) of Andrew Nurnberg Associates for an Agent Q&A Panel.
Jo started off writing for television shows such as Byker Grove, My Parents Are Aliens, Fry and Laurie, and Casualty, as well as dabbling in some acting work, but then moved to Aardman Features as a scout, where she would seek out books that could serve as the basis for new animated films. This then led to Jo joining Conville and Walsh Literary Agency in 2008, but shortly after she set up Jo Unwin Literary Agency.
Following an MA in Mediaeval History at St Andrews, and a stint in the theatre, Jenny joined Andrew Nurnberg Associates in 2002, and is now a Senior agent. Her strong and respected list of children's and YA authors features numerous award winners, and she met her client Deborah Install (A Robot in the Garden, 2015) at our Festival of Writing in 2013.
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. 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.
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. 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.
Location: Waterstones, 203 - 206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. Time: 6.30-9.00
Price: £45 (including drink on arrival).
Meet agents and publishers. Get advice from professional authors. Pitch your work direct to agents. And have fun! Everyone booking a ticket at the Festival is entitled to two ten minute 1-to-1 sessions. Those booking weekend tickets can upgrade to three for an additional £45.
30 Agents |50 Workshops | Authors | Editors | Friday Night Live
Date: 9th -11th Sept. |Price: From £185 | Location: York | Meetings: Two Agent 1-to-1