A Novel Week

Ref: C3669360

A complete introduction to plotting and planning your novel. This intensive yet enjoyable course will enable writers to get to grips with the key concepts of novel writing as well as providing space for writing and giving and receiving feedback. Led by two published novelists.

Additional information about this course

A five day, full board residential writing retreat for students interested in developing their idea into a novel, or feature length script. Includes workshops on theme, planning, structure and viewpoint. Everyone has a novel in them – isn’t it time you got yours on paper.

Course aim

An intensive, five-day, residential course on how to write a novel.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

The course will look at theme, structure, plot, pace, time and order, characterisation, point of view, key story concepts such as show don't tell and scene structure. We will also look at editing techniques and there will be the opportunity to work in small groups to give and receive feedback on written work.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Understand key story telling concepts Create vivid and engaging three dimensional characters Plot their own novel Have confidence in sharing work Have the tools with which to tackle editing their own work

How will I know I'm making progress?

Feedback will be given in small, supportive groups. Each student will also have the opportunity to have a one to one tutorial with either tutor (both published writers) to receive feedback on their work if requested

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Students will be asked to share written work and provide feedback to other writers on the course.

Reading and information sources

On Writing by Stephen King.

What could the course lead to?

Information about further courses with the WEA will be given at the end of the retreat.

Download full course outline

A Novel Week Course Outline

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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
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