Friday Mini-course options | Jericho Writers

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The Festival of Writing will be back in September 2019

Friday Mini-Course options

Festival of Writing

A full festival weekend (including mini-course) ticket, entitles you to a special, three-hour session from one of our expert tutors on a specific element of writing.

 Choose from ONE of the mini-courses below.

Advanced Dialogue Workshop

Tutor – James Law

James Law joined the Royal Navy in 1993 as an apprentice and went on to serve for twenty years, the majority of that time spent in the Submarine Service. His debut novel, Tenacity, since retitled as The Dark Beneath, was published by Headline (UK) and Holt (US) and is part of a three-book deal – the final book, The Coldest Blood, will be published in November 2018. James lives in Hampshire with his dog, Dani, and two children. He spends what spare time he has riding motorbikes and watching Scotland play rugby.

Mini Course Description

At every festival somebody shows up and tells you how to format dialogue, ensures that you get the ‘singles’ and ‘doubles’ the right way around. This workshop isn’t that!

We’re going beyond the basics to talk about how to write great dialogue. We’ll talk about what dialogue should accomplish and how it sets up and lays out relationships, how it reveals background and motivations, how people’s speech changes, ebbs and flows, and how we can use that to great effect. We’ll be dialogue ninjas!

How to write a novel, in three hours

Tutor – Allie Spencer

Allie Spencer is the author of five romantic comedy novels. Her first won the debut award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association and she has twice been shortlisted for the prestigious Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. As well as writing novels, she teaches English literature at university level, is an experienced creative writing tutor and is currently reading for a PhD in eighteenth-century women’s fiction

Mini Course Description

In this fun, fast-moving and exciting course we will workshop the outline of an entire novel from scratch, looking at all the essentials needed for a strong working synopsis – including character, storyline, structure and conflict.  Debut and experienced writers alike will find themselves with an invaluable, new skills-set as well as a fresh insight into the creative process.

Self-editing your novel

Tutor – Debi Alper

Debi Alper is an experienced tutor and editor. Debi provides critiques, mentoring, Book Doctor sessions and creative writing workshops. She edits in all genres and many authors that she has worked with have been signed up with agents and gone on to see their books published. Tutor of the famous Jericho Writers’ Self-Editing course, Debi’s novels have been published by Orion to critical acclaim. She has since set up her own imprint.

Mini Course Description

Based on the 6-week online Self-Edit Your Novel course, this mini-course will give you the self-editing skills you need to ensure your novel is as good as it possibly can be, before pitching to agents, or self-publishing with confidence. We will aim to cover every area of creative writing: plot, pace, structure, character, as well as all the elements of your prose, including voice, POV, show and tell etc.

Sci-fi and fantasy

Tutor – Hal Duncan

Hal Duncan writes mainly fiction and poetry but also a considerable amount of literary criticism and commentary. He’s also made forays beyond print, with a queer rock musical, collaboration with a Scottish band and an Edinburgh Fringe show. His first novel, Vellum shared awards shortlists with everyone from Neil Gaiman (BFS Award) to Brett Easton Ellis and Haruki Murakami (World Fantasy Award).

Mini Course Description

With the extra tools they bring to your kit-conceits of events beyond known science, beyond the laws of nature, maybe even beyond logic–Science Fiction and Fantasy call for extra craft to handle that strangeness. And when it comes to the basics of storytelling, there are no shortcuts for fiction that has to conjure whole other worlds. Here then we’ll go through some of the pitfalls and potentials peculiar to SF/F, with a crash course in writing SF/F that’s incredible in the right way.

Self-Publish Like A Pro

Tutor – David Gaughran

David Gaughran lives in Dublin, where it rains every day and conversation is a sport. He is the author of the historical adventures Liberty Boy, Mercenary, and A Storm Hits Valparaiso, and has helped thousands of authors to self-publish their work via his workshops, blog, and writers’ books Let’s Get Digital, Amazon Decoded, and Strangers to Superfans. However, he appears to be afraid of bees, which isn’t very impressive.

Mini Course Description

This course will remove the mystique from the process of publishing. You will learn how to find an editor, cover designer, and formatter as well as how to present the whole package together so that your work is indistinguishable from bestsellers and attracts the right readers. We’ll zap many myths about self-publishing too, like the idea you need to hawk yourself on Facebook or Twitter or waste time blogging every day. Instead you’ll find out what really sells books.

Intensive character workshop

Tutor – Rebecca Horsfall

Rebecca Horsfall is a bestselling novelist, script doctor and creative writing tutor and lecturer. She has been an editor and coach for more than a decade, working with over 150 different novelists in genres including character-driven fiction, romance, literary fiction, historical, political, detective and fantasy.

Mini Course Description

How can we make our characters memorable and believable? A top-to-toe course in character creation, looking at how to build complex characters from scratch, how to breathe life into them and get them driving your story, and how to make the reader care about them. Also, how to trouble-shoot existing characters who are proving problematic or reluctant to show up for the party.

Meet the agents – industry Q&A

Join literary agents and industry experts for a Q&A session. Get to know what they’re looking for during the Festival weekend, ask your burning questions and prepare for your one-to-ones.

Friday Night

Then join us for dinner and the not to be missed Friday Night Live competition.

This much anticipated and contested competition is the Grand Opening of the Festival weekend. We have an impressive track record of ‘discovering’ new and exciting writing talent on this night. Agents are always keen to participate and snap-up new authors. Be brave and get your competition entry in!

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