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What’s Wrong With Your Book?

7th September 2016 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm, £35.00.

You’ve finished your book. Let the feedback begin! Asking your mum or best friend to “tell you what they think” is not what happens in the real world. You need an honest appraisal. In this workshop, novelist Claire McGowan cuts to the chase and highlights the common problems that stop books being published, including issues with viewpoint, pacing, structure, setting, premise, and more.

 

The Jane Austen Writers’ Club

14th September 2016 – 6:00pm to 8:30pm, £35.00.

Oh, with a workshop title such as this, we’re already sold! If Jane Austen can’t teach us how to write, then all is lost. Rebecca Smith, the five-times-great niece of Jane herself will share all things Austen in this masterclass. Fiction is given a thorough run-through with focus on pacing, character development, dialogue, setting, opening and endings and writing methods. The class also includes practical tips and inspiration from Jane’s own work, including hands-on exercises. See you there, fiction lovers!

How to Hook an Agent

1st October 2016 – 9:30am to 2:30pm, £149.00.

We’re often told, writing the book is the easiest part. It’s what comes next that is the most challenging prospect: propelling your book into the world and getting it in front of readers. It helps enormously when you hang out with people in the know, namely agents and publishers. Sounds simple? You know it’s not – you’ve pitched, pleaded and sent three sample chapters off to more people than you can remember and no bites, not even a nibble. Perhaps, then, the time has come to really get down to business. How to Hook an Agent (YA & New Adult) is a half-day event with four literary agents will give you insider knowledge on how to submit your manuscript to an agent, what they’re looking for and how to grab their attention.

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