Now Edit It: Alumni Editing Retreat 2020

Advanced | Fiction
Writing a Novel is over. Now what?

It's a story as old as Faber Academy itself: the course ends too soon; you turn to each other and say, 'Well? How do we keep this going?'

This intensive week-long course is one answer to that question. With thirteen fellow Writing a Novel alumni, head out to Tŷ Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales, for a week of editing, editing, editing and more editing with distinguished fiction editor Jenny Parrott and the acclaimed Marcel Theroux.

The fee of £895 includes tuition, five nights' accommodation in a single room at the centre (Monday night to Saturday morning), plus food and non-alcoholic drinks. Please note that travel to and from the centre is not included.

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Ty Newydd
4th - 9th May 2020

Availability: In stock

11 Places

The teaching day runs 10–1pm, followed by independent writing time in the afternoon, then an evening activity.

Monday Evening

Arrive at Tŷ Newydd.

Introductions: The tutors give an outline of the week ahead, each participant shares where they are with their writing, what they hope to get out of the course, what they are finding most difficult at the moment and what they might want to address during the week.


First session: 10–11.20am: Assessing Where Your Manuscript Is, with Jenny Parrot.

Second session: 11.40am–1pm: The Shape of A Story, with Marcel Theroux.

Evening: Tutors do readings from our own work


First session: Making a Scene, with Marcel.

Second session: Dialogue and Characterisation, with Jenny.

Evening: Guest speaker session with Richard Skinner


First session: How Readers Read, with Jenny.

Second session: The Mechanics of Editing, with Marcel.


First session: First Draft to Submission: Things I Wish I'd Known, with Marcel.

Second session: New beginnings: Understanding the Industry and How to Improve Your Chances, with Jenny.

Student-defined discussion: what do you need more of? The main focus of this to be on getting market-fit (and on applying what you have learnt to your next book – and the ones after that), including:

  • The pros and cons of beta readers
  • What an agent and publisher will need to see, and how you can make this work to your advantage
  • Why agents and editors take the decisions they do, and mistakes to avoid
  • The pros and cons of getting a large deal, or a small one
  • Deals one might expect (Uk and Comm, World English, World all languages, various rights deals) – and the implications this can have once you are signed with a publisher
  • What it’s like to be professionally edited (and the difference between agent and editor editing)
  • What it's like to be published (reviews, bloggers, interviews, festivals, prizes)
  • What it means if agents/publishers say no
  • The pros and cons of self publishing
  • Open submissions
  • Dealing with success, and criticism
  • The mindset for making writing a career: how to think of yourself as a business
  • Evening: Class reads from their own work


    Everyone home


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    Editor and writer Jenny Parrott has worked at Bloomsbury, HarperCollins and Little, Brown Book Group. Currently she runs the Point Blank literary crim...


    Marcel Theroux is the author of five novels: A Blow to the Heart, A Stranger in the Earth, The Paperchase (winner of the...

    Ty Newydd, credit Emyr Young



    Tŷ Newydd is the National Writing Centre of Wales. Established in 1990, thousands of aspiring and emerging writers have since passed through our iconic teal front door.

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