STARTING TO WRITE A NOVEL

From your head to the page

Monday May 11th - Saturday May 16th 2020

The Hurst

This course will explore the essential aspects of starting to write a novel – finding and sustaining an authentic voice, creating rich characters and developing plot. You will look at what makes a narrative voice compelling for readers and how voice can help to build character, drive plot and produce dramatic tension. We will explore how dialogue can be made genuine and purposeful. Working in a writing community for the week will enable you to receive and give feedback in a supportive space. You will discover how dialogue can be used to generate dramatic traction, and reflect on ‘What your story is about’ in terms of the underlying message(s) of your narrative and how to approach the development of your characters. We will help you discover energy and inspiration to give your writing new meanings and renewed vigour.

Single room price: £850

 

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COURSE TUTORS

The Hurst front

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

Writing course tutor delivering a workshop at Lumb Bank

Monday

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

one-to-one tutorial at Lumb Bank

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.

Course participants writing at the workshop table at The Hurst

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.

Course participant writing on a sofa in the barn at Lumb Bank

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.

A woman smiling and listening to a writing tutor speak at Lumb Bank

Friday

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

Course participants eating at The Hurst

Saturday

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

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