Editing Fiction

Turning first drafts into publishable books

Monday November 19th - Saturday November 24th 2018

The Hurst

You’ve typed ‘The End’. What next? After you’ve given yourself a pat on the back, the hard work begins: editing. We all know that means making improvements, but how, when you’ve already done your best, do you do that? This course, led by a writer and an editor, will help you work out what to cut, what to add, and what to leave alone; you’ll learn how to sharpen scenes, hone sentences, and turn your draft into publishable work. Bring the first 2,000 words of a manuscript and a 300-word synopsis.

Single room price: £800

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The Hurst

The Hurst is a place you can write, far away from daily distractions. The house and gardens, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills, were the former home of playwright John Osborne.

THE COURSE AT A GLANCE

Monday

Arrive late afternoon, settle in, enjoy dinner and the tutors’ introduction to the week in the evening.

Tuesday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. Tutors read from their work in the evening.

Wednesday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. In the evening a guest speaker joins the group.

Thursday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. You are free to spend this evening as you wish.

Friday

Tutors lead the final workshops in the morning. In the evening everyone gets together to share and celebrate their work.

Saturday

The week comes to a close after breakfast. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.

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