Creative writing and publishing

After the first draft – self-editing your novel with Laura Wilkinson

Ref: S1D10365

Intermediate

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About this course

Learn how to refine and shape your manuscript into memorable fiction: how to hook your reader, how to ensure it is structurally sound, and how to give it a last polish so that your story really shines.

Course Description

You have finished the first draft of your novel – congratulations; that’s a huge achievement.

But what next? Making your book as brilliant as it can be, takes a whole new set of skills.

Join the author for an intensive all day workshop learning how to refine and shape your manuscript into memorable fiction. With six published novels and years of editorial experience, she guides you through the process of structural editing.

You will learn how to hook the reader in your opening chapters and keep them reading; how to ensure your manuscript is structurally sound; how to create compelling, three-dimensional characters with a strong, well-defined arc; how to ensure that each scene sings and drives your reader onto the next; how to ensure that your ending leaves your reader satisfied, desperate to read your next book and how to give your book a final spit and polish. Finally, we will look at how to make your submission package irresistible to agents or publishers.

There will also be the opportunity to ask questions and to address specific concerns. This full-on day will give you the tools and techniques to make your story fly.

Laura has published six novels for adults (two under a pseudonym) and numerous short stories. Crossing the Line, March 2019, Headline Accent, is her latest. Over the past nine years, she has also worked as an editor and mentor, coaching writers to competition shortlisting and publication. Laura loves to help writers find their voice and create compelling fiction.

Timetable

Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Pen and paper
  • A short section of your novel (preferably the opening) – not longer than 1200 words

Tutors

Laura Wilkinson

Associate Tutor

Laura has published six novels for adults (two under a pseudonym) and numerous short stories. Her contemporary fiction is published by Headline Accent. These novels are Crossing the Line, Skin Deep, Redemption Song and The Family LineCrossing the Line was a Welsh Books Council book of the month and her latest, Skin Deep, has been widely praised, including a longlisting for Not the Booker Prize. Over the past nine years, she has also worked as an editor and mentor, coaching writers to competition shortlistings and publication. Laura loves to help writers find their voice and create compelling fiction.

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