If you’re applying for Writing A Novel in London, you need to put together 1000 words of prose fiction and a cover letter. But it’s not necessarily as easy as it sounds. Here are some tips on what you should be thinking about.
The tutors are looking for a certain amount of confidence in the voice – that can be in any genre, but it’s the proficiency that they’re looking for.
The passage need not be a full story, nor an extract from the book you hope to write on the course – just 1000 words of prose fiction that represent you best as a writer.
What kind of writer are you?
Your cover letter should detail your relationship with writing – do you write often? Next to never? Have you done courses in the past?
What kind of writer do you want to be?
You should also tell us what you hope to get out of the course – do you want to complete a draft? Meet new writers? Just get going to start with?
Include anything else that you think might be of interest to give the tutors a sense of how you will fit into their group.
And finally… What’s it for?
The application process is just about finding the right group for you – group dynamic is such an important part of the course that we have to make sure that everyone fits together properly. It’s not about streaming, or picking the ‘best 15 pieces’. What would that even mean anyway?
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