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Writing Fantasy For Young People

Writing Fantasy For Young People

Brian Keaney has been writing for children and young adults for over 35 years. Join him live at the Festival of Writing as he discusses how to write exciting and convincing fantasy fiction for young people. Includes how to start writing in the fantasy genre and the different types of fantasy story.
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Writing an Engaging Voice

Writing an Engaging Voice

Amanda Berriman mastered the voice of her debut novelHome’ narrated by a four-year-old girl. In this masterclass, she shares the secret to creating a unique and engaging voice, with exercises to try at home.
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What Makes a Good Fantasy Novel?

What Makes a Good Fantasy Novel?

What makes a good fantasy novel? Join literary agent Julie Crisp live at the Festival of Writing 2019, as she reveals the secrets to writing a novel in another land. She also reveals the secrets to publishing in this increasingly competitive market.
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Taming Your Reluctant Protagonist

Taming Your Reluctant Protagonist

Join editor Rebecca Horsfall as she looks at how to bring your characters to life and overcome problems you might have with your protagonist. If we’re lucky, our main characters come to us fully-formed and ready to power your plot. This workshop looks at what to do when that doesn’t happen, and why.
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Strong Literary Prose

Strong Literary Prose

Join Publisher Sam Jordison from Galley Beggar Press as he reveals the key to writing strong literary prose. Sam Jordison reveals the cornerstones of writing beautiful literary prose in this masterclass, filmed live at the Festival of Writing 2019. With examples, Sam shows us how to construct sentences that sing as well as convey meaning. He is also joined by literary agent Imogen Pelham to discuss the market for literary fiction.
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Self-Editing Masterclass – Part One

Self-Editing Masterclass – Part One

With tips taken straight from our most popular tutored course, the first part of this three-part masterclass covers the art of self-editing. Join book doctor Debi Alper live in London as she introduces the rules that govern creative writing and how to break them the right way.
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Sarah Pinborough Keynote Address

Sarah Pinborough Keynote Address

Filmed live at the Festival of Writing 2018, New York Times bestselling author, Sarah Pinborough, presents her opening keynote to hundreds of new writers. In this funny and inspirational speech, Sarah tells us the realities of being a successful author and offers her tips for writers to do the same, namely: don’t be a dick. A must-watch film.
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Ruth Ware’s Keynote Address

Ruth Ware’s Keynote Address

What does it take to become a international bestselling author? In this opening keynote from the Festival of Writing 2019, bestselling crime author Ruth Ware shares her story, packed full of tips for writers earlier on in their careers.
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Literary And Commercial Genre Fiction Panel

Literary And Commercial Genre Fiction Panel

Filmed live at the Festival of Writing 2018, join editor Debi Alper as she asks a panel of industry experts how to write and publish a literary or reading group commercial novel in today’s market. She’s joined by editor and author, Julie Cohen; literary agent at Marjacq Scripts, Diana Beaumont; and publisher at Harper Fiction, Kimberley Young.
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Life Writing, Memoir And Biographical Fiction

Life Writing, Memoir And Biographical Fiction

How do you go about turning a real life into an engaging book? Join experienced writer and tutor Emma Darwin as she reveals the fundamental elements of writing memoir plus the things a biographical writer can learn from fiction.
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How To Write A Sentence

How To Write A Sentence

Filmed live at the Festival of Writing 2018, Hal Duncan deconstructs sentences and breaks down the process of how they work. How many adjectives are too many? And is short always sweet? Find out in this masterclass.
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How To Approach An Agent

How To Approach An Agent

In this masterclass filmed live at the Festival of Writing 2018, top literary agent Richard Pike tells us how to prepare for finding an agent, what your submission pack should and shouldn’t contain, and what to expect to happen once you’ve submitted. Sick around for the illuminating Q&A at the end!
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Historical Fiction Genre Panel

Historical Fiction Genre Panel

Filmed live at the Festival of Writing 2018, join historical author and editor, Emma Darwin, and literary agents Emma Finn and Lucy Morris as they delve into the developments in historical fiction. They offer tips on researching different times, how to inject voice into your work and how to correctly pitch a novel set in the past.
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Friday Night Live 2019

Friday Night Live 2019

Writers have walked away from previous Friday Night Live events with offers of representation. In this special event from the 2019 Festival of Writing, we hear from all shortlisted writers as they read their opening page to an eager audience and literary agent judges. Who will take the crown this year?
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Dealing With Problem Characters

Dealing With Problem Characters

Filmed live at the Festival of Writing 2018, Rebecca Horsfall teaches us how to bring our characters to life. She also looks at the times when characters cause us problems and teaches us the questions we can ask to ensure they have purpose in our plots.
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Creating Tension And Pace In Your Writing

Creating Tension And Pace In Your Writing

Filmed live at the Festival of Writing 2018, Eve Seymour shares her tips as a top crime and thriller writer on how to inject pace into your writing. An ideal masterclass for anyone experiencing a soggy middle!
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Commissioning Editor Keynote Panel

Commissioning Editor Keynote Panel

This panel gathers three top commissioning editors from three different publishers a ‘Big 5’ (Transworld); an ‘Independent’ (Granta) and a curveball (Amazon Publishing UK). This engaging sessions looks at the similarities and differences between the three publishers and asks what the author experience is like for each.
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Commercial Fiction Masterclass

Commercial Fiction Masterclass

Commercial Fiction is a broad term for books that people enjoy’. In this special masterclass, we learn how to write commercially from a Big 5 publisher Kimberley Young, from HarperCollins. Kimberley is behind some of the biggest books of last year, so get your pens at the ready there’s a lot to learn.
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Cathy Bramley’s Keynote Address

Cathy Bramley’s Keynote Address

Join bestselling romantic comedy author Cathy Bramley for this inspirational closing keynote with Debi Alper. Cathy came to the Festival of Writing in 2013 having just self-published her first book. Six years later, she’s joined on stage by the editor who helped her after landing a literary agent, a publishing deal and successfully publishing twelve books to date. This inspirational keynote proves that you never do know what success is waiting around the corner.
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Beginnings and Endings

Beginnings and Endings

Join Cathy Bramley as she pulls apart the key ingredients for a novel beginning that will introduce your readers to your world, and keep them wanting to read on. She’ll also reveal the key ingredients for a happy ending for your readers whether that be the same for your characters or not! This masterclass also contains information on getting an agent from Hayley Steed.
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An Agent’s Tips On Commercial Fiction

An Agent’s Tips On Commercial Fiction

Darcy Nicholson is Editorial Director of fiction at Sphere (part of Little, Brown). She started her career in the Penguin rights team before moving into editorial at Headline. She joined PRH imprint Transworld in 2015 where she has worked across commercial and bookclub fiction and non-fiction, with authors including John Boyne, Andy McNab and A A Dhand. Darcy reveals common pitfalls she sees from authors and the things she considers the most important things to consider when writing fiction.
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Amanda Berriman’s Keynote Address

Amanda Berriman’s Keynote Address

In this inspirational speech, author Amanda Berriman is joined by her editor Debi Alper and Publisher Susanna Wadeson, as they discuss her journey from Festival delegate to published author.
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Advanced Dialogue Masterclass – Part Three

Advanced Dialogue Masterclass – Part Three

Filmed live at the Festival of Writing 2018, the third part of James Law’s engaging mini-course looks into how we can show backstory through dialogue rather than relying on ‘telling’.
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Advanced Dialogue Masterclass – Part One

Advanced Dialogue Masterclass – Part One

Filmed live at the Festival of Writing 2018, the first part of James Law’s engaging mini-course asks you to think about what you can learn from someone from the way they speak, so you can include this in your dialogue writing.
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