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Build a Book Masterclass (15/02/2018)



Build a Book Masterclass

In this Masterclass we start at the beginning! To create a fantastic book you first need to have a great premise. This is what will keep your readers enthralled and engaged. It will drive your plot, it will make your characters lift off the page and it will lead the reader to a satisfying conclusion. In short it will make it marketable to the industry.

The Story and Premise are the key drivers of your book so learn how to get these fundamentals in place. This Masterclass brings you two successfully published authors and editorial experts, Rebecca Horsfall and Jessica Ruston, who will share with you how to give your work those strong foundations

Date: 15th February 2018

Location: The University of Westminster, 101 New Cavendish St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6XH

Price: £45 (including a glass of wine)

Time: 18:30 – 21:30

18: 45 – 'The Story Premise' with Rebecca Horsfall

Rebecca will explore the story ‘premise’ and explain how to create one strong enough to hold the reader’s interest and make them care enough to keep reading. How to raise the stakes and keep them high. She will look at the difference between plot and story and explain how this applies to different genres and how to maintain suspense with more than one central story. There will also be an opportunity to explore and discuss how your own story ideas will work.

20:00 – 'What's your Story?' with Jessica Ruston

Jessica will explain how to start to structure a story, giving an introduction to the three act structure and exploring some classic story archetypes. She will explore some of the common problems that writers face, how to overcome the ‘30k slump’, and investigate the importance of conflict in story structure. This session will cover planning a novel and creating connections and consequences. Jessica will also address the challenges of writing based on real events or of an autobiographical nature and explain how to overcome them.

21:00 – Concluding Q&A with Jessica Ruston and Rebecca Horsfall

After the sessions, there’ll be a Q&A session with the lecturers. Are you stuck with your plot? Are your characters misbehaving? Want to pep up your premise? This is your chance to ask the experts.


Jessica Ruston’s bestselling debut novel, LUXURY, was published in 2009 by Headline Review and was the winner of the Debut of the Year 2009 category at the Elle Magazine Literary Awards. LUXURY was followed by TO TOUCH THE STARS in 2011, THE DARKER SIDE OF LOVE and, THE LIES YOU TOLD ME published in 2013. She is the author of two non-fiction books as well as a number of screenplays.


Rebecca Horsfall
has been a professional writer and editor for over twenty years, starting her career by working as a script writer and supervisor for a West End theatre company. Her first novel, the best-seller Dancing on Thorns, described by The Bookseller as '736 un-putdownable pages of pure delight', was published by Random House in the UK and USA to critical acclaim.

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