Your Novel in a Year - Term 3

Ref: C3669124

This fun and friendly class, lead by a published novelist, will look at all aspects of novel writing over the course of the three terms. From looking at where ideas come from, and how to generate enough of them to sustain a novel, to where to submit your work to once it's finished, this class has everything you need to get that novel down on paper.

Course aim

To provide a fun, friendly and supportive environment for those wishing to write their first (or second!) novel.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for people with some experience of creative writing who are now trying to attempt a longer piece of work.

What topics will this course cover

The course will look at plotting, theme, structure, characterisation, setting, point of view, show don't tell, style and editing techniques as well as the finer details such as presentation and layout.

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:

Write a novel Develop a greater understanding at least 2 key concepts, such as point of view and show don't tell Self-edit their own work with greater confidence Positively and constructively provide and receive written feedback on manuscripts

How will I know I'm making progress?

Students will work in small groups to provide written feedback to each other

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

Pen, paper and if possible a laptop or PC to work on during class

Reading and information sources

On Writing by Stephen King A Novel In A Year by Louise Doughty

What could the course lead to?

This course runs over three terms. This is the third and final term, and all students will have been expected to complete the first two terms. The WEA also run an intensive novel writing retreat, A Novel Week, held at Wentworth Castle each year.

Download full course outline

Your Novel in a Year - Term 3 Course Outline


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