Novel Writing Summer School

City University London
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5 days
355 GBP
Part time
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Novel Writing Summer School

Course description

Novel Writing Summer School

An intensive week-long writing course, taught at our Central London campus, the Novel Writing Summer School will range from the basic practicalities of novel writing to advanced concepts and techniques. Through exercises, lectures, selected reading and workshop discussion, you will examine the use of vital aspects of the craft and develop your understanding of essential elements: finding the centre (generating and developing ideas), openings, description/evoking time and place, character, narrative development, plotting, narration, voice and more.

There will be concrete advice on supporting your practice as a writer and revising and editing your work and you will have the opportunity to share work in progress and receive motivational feedback from the course tutor and your peers.

This course is ideal preparation for our Writers’ Workshop and The Novel Studio courses.

What will I learn?

Over the course of the week-long summer school, you will:

  • Make a solid start on that novel you’ve been thinking about, or to develop work you’ve started;
  • Gain a greater understanding of the themes and techniques inherent in excellent fiction;
  • Give and receive feedback on work in progress in a workshop setting;
  • Assemble and make best use of the tools that are needed to complete a sustained piece of fiction.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Prerequisite knowledge

Some writing experience and an idea for a novel or novella.

English requirements

Applicants must have fluent written and spoken English.

Training Course Content

The Summer School will also cover:

  • Finding the centre (generating / developing ideas)
  • Openings
  • Characterisation
  • Modes of narration / point of view
  • Narrative development
  • Plotting
  • Description / evoking time and place
  • Voice
  • Synopsis / planning document
  • Reading as a writer
  • Self-editing; analysing your own and others’ work

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