A novel in a day with Greg Mosse

Creative writing and publishing

Ref: S1D12093

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About this course

A full day of dynamic, creative writing, working together to devise an entire novel – plot, characters, locations, time-period, suspense, twists and clever endings, in West Dean College's beautiful Old Library.

Course Description

Ahead of publication of his new thriller, THE COMING DARKNESS, writer Greg Mosse will share techniques for developing compelling plots and intriguing characters, gripping locations and cunning twists – in an exciting collabroative workshop, creating an outline of an entire novel together in just one day.

By working together, you will explore and devise one brilliant collaborative novel outline with the group, working in highly creative way with Greg and the other participants.  This will give you the skills and experience to apply to your own individual work back at home.

Outline timetable for the day:

09.00–9.15     Arrival. Registration – introductions.

09.15–10.30      Session 1    Where & When?
An inspiring exploration of wonderful moments in time and dramatic locations for our novel, how the ‘Where and When’ helps to generate ‘Who and What & Why and How’

10.45–11.15      Break    Morning coffee and biscuits; time to think and perhaps research

11.15–12.45      Session 2    Who?
Time to identify our heroes and heroines – our main characters. What do they want and why can't they get it? And the secondary characters who help and hinder. And the minor ones who make the world of the novel seem more real

12.45-14.00     Lunch   A delicious lunch and, perhaps, a walk around the prize-winning gardens – plus time for creative reflection ...

14.00–15.45      Session 3    What & Why?
A powerful session full of brainstorming individual scenes where unsuspected depths of character are revealed and unexpected consequences drive the action forward.

15.45-16.15     Break   Afternoon tea and biscuits; time to think and perhaps research

16.15–17.00     Session 4    How?
Yes, how does it all fit together and how does it end? That’s what we will decide in our last session, assembling everything we have invented and explored and learnt so that everyone goes home with an outline of an entire novel ... in just one day!


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


The tutor will bring digital resources to share using a projector and screen.

What students need to bring

Pen (or pencil) and paper; laptop computer


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