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Developing Characters when Writing Multiple POVs

Developing Characters when Writing Multiple POVs

This workshop will focus on developing characters and voices when writing in multiple points of view. Learn how to make sure your characters are distinct enough to leap off the page, and how to manage juggling writing multiple voices.
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The Science of Writing Characters

The Science of Writing Characters

In this hour long workshop you will learn how to create complex, believable and memorable characters by using the Big Five personality dimensions and 30 facets of personality. Bring along your ideas about the character you are currently developing and be prepared to put them through their paces!
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Publishing to Amazon

Publishing to Amazon

In the final video in this course, we’ll follow the process of finishing and formatting your manuscript, and how to upload it to Amazon.   You’ll find a further checklist in the worksheet attached for this stage above. Do keep in touch with others in the Introduction to Self-Publishing Community Group!
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The launch plan

The launch plan

You have your book ready to go – so how will you tell readers about it? In the seventh module of the Introduction to Self Publishing Video Course, we’ll look at building your launch plan and what you can do to kick-start your marketing.   Above, you’ll find a handy checklist to download, and you can share your progress with others taking this course in the Community Group.
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Your book’s blurb

Your book’s blurb

In module six, we’ll look at how to write a book description or blurb that will find readers, and encourage them to click to buy your book.   As with all modules on the Introduction to Self Publishing Video Course, you can download the worksheet to help you complete the exercise in this module, and share the results in the Community group for peer feedback.
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Establishing an author platform and brand

Establishing an author platform and brand

Module five of the Introduction to Self-Publishing Course covers how to set up your author brand and platform to start marketing. This includes everything from deciding on your author name, through to your website and mailing list.   As this is an introductory course, this is a great opportunity to start making decisions about your own brand. The worksheet above will help you with this, and you can share all your answers with peers in the Community Group. 
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How and where to publish? Wide vs Exclusive

How and where to publish? Wide vs Exclusive

Self-publishing is more than just Amazon. In module four, we’ll look at the options available to you to get your book out there and the pros and cons of each.   You’ll also be prompted to research, consider and make this decision for yourself in this exercise. Find the worksheet above to help and remember to share your findings and conclusion with others taking this course, in the Community group. 
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Your Book Cover

Your Book Cover

We’re looking at book covers in the third module of the Introduction to Self-Publishing Video Course. Specifically, we’ll look at what makes a good cover in your genre and how to create a cover brief for a designer to create yours – whether that’s for an eBook, or paperback.   You can find the worksheet associated with this module above. Don’t forget to share your completed cover brief with the Community group! 
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First steps into self-publishing

First steps into self-publishing

In module two, we’ll look at finishing our manuscript professionally and taking our first steps towards publishing independently. We’ll cover how to define your genre and audience using searches on Amazon.   As with all modules in this video course, there is an exercise to complete to put your learning into practice. Download the worksheet above and share your findings with the course Community group for peer feedback. 
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Is Self-Publishing right for me?

Is Self-Publishing right for me?

Welcome to the Introduction to Self-Publishing Video Course with Gwyn GB. In this first module, we’ll look at what self-publishing is and isn’t, and start thinking about whether it’s something we might want to pursue for our own books.   This video course combines video learning with exercises and a peer support community. You can download the worksheet for this module above to complete the exercises, and then share your results with other members taking this course in the Community group. 
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Tiling your Writing Like a Mosaic

Tiling your Writing Like a Mosaic

S. Qiouyi Lu’s debut novella, In the Watchful City, is an ambitious entry into the annals of mosaic novels: books that use different forms of storytelling to create a cohesive whole. S. joins Jericho’s Drew Broussard to discuss making a book out of variable structures, how writing in different modes can reveal new facets of story, divining your plot with help from the Tarot, and more.
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Plotting for People Who Hate Plotting

Plotting for People Who Hate Plotting

Are you stressing over structure, trembling about timelines, forgetting the point of point of view, and letting that narrative twist get you in a twist? Then this hands-on, action-packed workshop is for you. Take off your writer head and unleash your inner plotter. Expect spreadsheets, timelines, graphs, post-it notes and a surprising amount of fun. You’ll leave with a ‘flatplan’ for your project – and a new love of plotting! Suitable for all writers with any kind of WIP.
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Like Talking, But Better with Kevin Barry

Like Talking, But Better with Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry is one of the most distinctive prose stylists working today, due to his puckish flair for storytelling and his delightfully loquacious characters. He joins Jericho’s Drew Broussard for a look at how to make your characters’ dialogue sing (or crash, or amble).
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Developing a Character Through a Series, in conversation with Elly Griffiths and William Shaw

Developing a Character Through a Series, in conversation with Elly Griffiths and William Shaw

We no longer write the Miss Marples or Maigrets whose characters remain the same from book to book. Today’s protagonists fall in and out of love, are hurt or injured and age. Elly Griffiths and William Shaw discuss how to create a character arc, not just for a novel, but for a long series.
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Plotting and Planning to Build Suspense with Jack Jordan

Plotting and Planning to Build Suspense with Jack Jordan

How do you keep a reader gripped from your opening page? How do you build tension and keep the stakes high? Join bestselling thriller writer, Jack Jordan, to find out how he plans, plots, researches, and crafts his books.
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Write a Novel in Six Weeks – Conclusion

Write a Novel in Six Weeks – Conclusion

We recap what we’ve learned in this course and find out more about available resources to take our skills further. Let’s get that first draft done!   Useful resources listed in this video:  Into the Woods, by John Yorke Save the Cat Writes a Novel, by Jessica Brody  The Emotion Thesaurus, by Becca Puglisi & Angela Ackerman  Scrivener How to Write video course   The Community Group is open to you for as long as you like. Do check back to support other writers who take this course!
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The Writing

The Writing

We cover show, don’t tell; point of view; exposition; emotion and dialogue in the final module of the Write a Novel in Six Weeks video course.   Download the worksheet above to complete your exercise, or use a separate document if that works best for you.   You can then share your completed exercise in the Community group for peer feedback, here.
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Pace and Tension

Pace and Tension

Keep your reader turning pages in module five of the Write a Novel in Six Weeks video course. This week, we look at scene structure and purpose to maintain pace and avoid that soggy middle.   You can download the worksheet above to complete the exercises in this module, or use a separate document if that works better for you.   Don’t forget you can share your completed exercise and read what others are doing in the Write a Novel in Six Weeks Community Group.
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Plotting

Plotting

Planning a novel isn’t for everyone, but knowing the basic plot points of a story is essential knowledge for every writer. In the fourth week of the Write a Novel in Six Weeks course, we look at the three-act structure and how to plot a main narrative alongside subplots and multiple timelines.   If you would prefer to complete the exercises in this module with a worksheet, you can download one above. Alternatively, you can complete this using a separate document – whatever works for you!   Remember – your peers are there if you need any help or feedback. Share your completed exercise in the Community group, here.   
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Character

Character

This week, we’re looking at character in the third module of the Write a Novel in Six Weeks Video Course. We’ll look at your characters like they’re real people and look at the world through their point of view.   You can download the worksheet above to complete your character questionnaire exercise, or complete your own on a separate document – whatever works best for you!   Once you’ve finished your exercise, share some of your most revealing answers in the Community group for peer feedback.
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Inciting Incident

Inciting Incident

Module two of the Write a Novel in Six Weeks course covers the beginning of your action. We’ll look at what an inciting incident is, where in your novel it should go and have a go at creating our own.   You can complete the exercises in this module using a separate document, or by downloading the worksheet above. Once you have your inciting incident, you can share yours for peer feedback in the Community Group.
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Ideas

Ideas

In the first module of the Write a Novel in Six Weeks video course looks at ideas. Becky covers where to get ideas and how to develop one you do.   You’ll find details of this week’s exercise in the video. You can complete this in your own journal or document – or – you can download the worksheet above and complete it there.   Once you’ve completed your exercise, you can share it in the Community Group for peer feedback with other writers taking this course.
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Write a Novel in Six Weeks – Introduction

Write a Novel in Six Weeks – Introduction

Welcome to the Write a novel in Six Week’s video course.   Unlike other video courses, these modules have been specifically designed to help you develop the skills you need to write a book over six weeks, putting your learning into action with key exercises and peer-to-peer feedback in the course community group. Join this group and say hello to others taking this video course, or – if you’re not on the Community – sign up for a free account here.    In this video, learn more about what to expect from the course and your tutor, Becky Hunter.
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Attract Your Tribe on Social Media

Attract Your Tribe on Social Media

Do you wonder how some people seem to attract a tribe and you just can’t get people to connect with your posts on social media? There’s a knack to building a following, and to getting your tribe to connect with you, and this workshop will take you through a simple approach to creating your very own tribe who want to be part of your world.
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Facebook for Authors

Facebook for Authors

A succinct and accessible introduction to the many ways Facebook can enhance your success as an author. We’ll examine Pages, Groups, Events and Advertising, for both networking and marketing, and how to integrate your Facebook presence with your website and other social media. We’ll also debunk popular myths and misunderstandings.
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Instagram for Authors

Instagram for Authors

Are you a published author looking to leverage social media? Perhaps you’re a budding writer and you want to build your online platform? Either way, Instagram can connect you with readers and help you reach a wider audience. In this workshop, Fiona Thomas will explain why Instagram is such an effective marketing tool and give you plenty of tried and tested ideas that she has used to promote her own bestselling book.
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The Art of the Newsletter

The Art of the Newsletter

Learn how to build a mailing list and stay in touch with your readers, in this practical workshop on author newsletters. Clare Mackintosh will take you through the process step-by-step, sharing valuable insights from her own experience.
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Self-Marketing for the Reluctant Author

Self-Marketing for the Reluctant Author

Marketing isn’t about who shouts loudest. Neema Shah shows you how to promote yourself and your work in an authentic way that fits with your lifestyle. You’ll learn the core principles of marketing for writers, including creating an author brand, using social media and building an engaged following.
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Friday Night Live Final 2021

Friday Night Live Final 2021

Writers have walked away from the Friday Night Live Festival competition with offers of representation. Will this be your year? Join us and an expert panel of literary agents as we hear their feedback on the six shortlisted entries – and crown the overall winner of 2021.
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Writing (and Publishing) for Young Adults

Writing (and Publishing) for Young Adults

Join a panel of experts and authors to talk about writing for a YA audience in the current market and also discuss the strengths and limitations in the publishing industry. Hosted by Jericho Writers’ very own YA expert, Sarah Ann Juckes.
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Writing and Self-publishing a Series ​​​​​​​with Gwyn G.B

Writing and Self-publishing a Series ​​​​​​​with Gwyn G.B

Series sell, particularly in genre fiction such as romance, mysteries & thrillers, and sci-fi. Readers want to invest in characters and a series is much easier, and more cost-effective, to market. This workshop looks at how to plan, write and launch a new series successfully as a self-published author.
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Books to Film and TV: In Conversation with Two Scouts

Books to Film and TV: In Conversation with Two Scouts

How many TV shows and films have you seen that started off as books? Probably many, but how does a book make it to the screen? Join two Book to Screen Scouts from the UK and USA to talk through the process and answer your questions about this mysterious part of the industry.
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Love in Colour: In Conversation with Bolu Babalola and Katie Packer

Love in Colour: In Conversation with Bolu Babalola and Katie Packer

​​​​​​​Love in Colour was one of the most talked about books of 2020. Join the author Bolu Babalola and editor Katie Packer to talk about the writing, editing and publishing of this stunning anthology of myth and folktale retellings from around the world.
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Disability Representation in Books

Disability Representation in Books

What are the stats? Why is representation important? Can you write a disabled character if you are not disabled yourself? Hosted by Samantha Baines, ambassador fro Royal National Institute for Deaf People and author of Harriet Versus the Galaxy, this diverse panel will explore all things disability, writing and publishing.
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Untitled Writing: Under-represented Writers Showcase (BSL interpreted)

Untitled Writing: Under-represented Writers Showcase (BSL interpreted)

Welcome to the Untitled Writers’ Salon at the Summer Festival of Writing 2021. Untitled was founded in 2019 with the aim to amplify the work of underrepresented writers via literary salons. In 2020 they launched Untitled: Voices, a global online journal and held the first UNDERREP’D WRITERS FESTIVAL. Tonight’s salon features four outstanding writers sharing their work live, hosted by Untitled Writers Co-Founder, Ollie Charles.
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Creative Non-Fiction: The Art of the Personal Essay with Eleanor Wood

Creative Non-Fiction: The Art of the Personal Essay with Eleanor Wood

Finding your voice. Exploring memory. Unpicking the threads. Making the personal universal. Transforming ideas into stories. Confronting real experiences with radical honesty. Abandoning inhibition and getting comfortable with discomfort. This workshop by author, journalist and memoirist Eleanor Wood (STAUNCH, HQ/HarperCollins) will dig deep into how to write a personal essay.
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The Making of Girl A with Abigail Dean and Phoebe Morgan

The Making of Girl A with Abigail Dean and Phoebe Morgan

Girl A took the publishing world by storm earlier this year, selling in over 30 territories and becoming a Sunday Times Bestseller. Join the author, Abigail Dean, and the book’s publisher, Phoebe Morgan, to hear how Girl A came to fruition.
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In Conversation with Poorna Bell

In Conversation with Poorna Bell

Author and journalist Poorna Bell will in conversation with Jericho’s Anna Burtt talking about her incredible memoir, STRONGER, out now with PanMac.
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Everything I Wish I Knew (and Have Learned) About Publishing a Book with Aliyah Ali-Afzal

Everything I Wish I Knew (and Have Learned) About Publishing a Book with Aliyah Ali-Afzal

The journey from signing with an agent to seeing your book in a shop is like nothing you’ve experienced before! Aliya Ali-Afzal will share her tips on how to navigate and enjoy this exciting yet somewhat overwhelming process, from submission to publishers, to working with editors, and the whirlwind of marketing and publicity.
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From Drafting to Publication

From Drafting to Publication

An hour-and-a-half whirlwind that will take you through from drafting your manuscript, self-editing, and submitting to agents, as well as what you can expect once you’ve signed.
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In Conversation with Onjali Q. Raúf

In Conversation with Onjali Q. Raúf

Join the author of the bestselling book, The Boy at the Back of The Class and one of the BBC’s 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2019, Onjali Q. Raúf and Young Adult author Sarah Ann Juckes for a conversation about writing for children, publishing and representation in fiction.
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Revising Your Novel with Rebecca Horsfall

Revising Your Novel with Rebecca Horsfall

So we’ve completed our first draft – how do we get our novel into shape, ready for publication or submission to agents? A look at how to revise your novel from top to bottom, with top tips for polishing the plot, characters, structure and prose.
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In Conversation with Lydia Millet

In Conversation with Lydia Millet

In over a dozen books, Lydia Millet has written about climate catastrophe, capitalism, mermaids, George H. W. Bush, famous people encountering strange animals, and more. She joins Jericho’s Drew Broussard for a freewheeling conversation about her career, her process, and the questions that continue to drive her writing.
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Building a Picture Book

Building a Picture Book

Picture books are simple to read so why are they so hard to write? It takes a lot of skill to write a great picture book, but it’s also a lot of fun, too. In this talk, Hachette’s Ellie Brough will aim to answer some of the most common questions she gets when it comes to picture book writing: how many words should there be? Should you include illustration notes? To rhyme or not to rhyme? She’ll demystify the picture book publishing process so that you are better equipped for getting your picture book noticed. https://loutreleaven.com/2010/07/21/childrens-publishers-accepting-unsolicited-manuscripts/ https://loutreleaven.com/2012/01/30/uk-literary-agents-for-childrens-books/
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Book Doctor Surgery with Debi Alper and Emma Darwin

Book Doctor Surgery with Debi Alper and Emma Darwin

This is your chance to ask for feedback on any aspect of writing or getting published. Got a concern about characters? Plot? Structure? Voice? Genre? Or any part of the submission process? The more specific the question, the more likely we’ll be able to give you a helpful answer.
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Friday Night Live Round 2, July 2021

Friday Night Live Round 2, July 2021

More writers have left Friday Night Live with an offer of representation than any other competition we’ve ran in the past fifteen years. Join eight longlisted writers for round two of this extra-special event, where we’ll hear the winning extracts and find out why they were chosen.
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Writing What You Don’t Know with Naomi Ishiguro

Writing What You Don’t Know with Naomi Ishiguro

In this workshop, we’ll look at how to write fiction about things outside your own life experience. Should you even attempt it? How should you do your research? What kind of questions should you be asking yourself? We’ll look at the work some writers who’ve pulled this off excellently, and maybe even do some exercises!
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Psychic Distance with Debi Alper

Psychic Distance with Debi Alper

Learning to use psychic distance – also called narrative distance – will make your writing more powerful, and your story more exciting and engaging for readers. In this session Debi will explain how this magical tool holds the key to POV, narrative voice, characters’ voices, and showing and telling.
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Update – Writing Goals for 2021: Yours and Ours

Update – Writing Goals for 2021: Yours and Ours

In January, we all – you and all of us – went public with our writing goals for the first six months of the year. Here we catch up and admit / boast about how we got on. Same deal for you. We’ll ask you to tell us in the chat what your goals were and how you fared.
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The Child Within and Without: Creating an Authentic Child’s Voice

The Child Within and Without: Creating an Authentic Child’s Voice

Join Sarah Ann Juckes for a workshop dealing with the elusive narrative voice of the child. Sarah will present a short talk with tips and observations about creating an authentic voice for child narrators/characters, followed by exercises which explore ways in which your material can be “translated” into the child voice, and finishing with a Q&A style discussion.
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