Write Better: Intermediate Fiction

Improving | Fiction
Take your writing to the next level with an intermediate writing course—three months of skills, support and lots of feedback

In a folder on your desktop. In 1000 different notebooks. All in your head.

Wherever your writing is and wherever you are with it, give Thursday mornings to one of our intermediate writing courses and you will get the feedback and structure you need to write better. Three months, fifteen writers – that's a lot of support.

The sessions are intensive: lots of exercises and topic discussion, plus regular peer review of your work. But it's between the classes when the work really happens – you, writing, pushing yourself to make the most of the weekly session. Write Better: Intermediate Fiction is for you if you have started writing or are planning a novel, or if you need a toolkit to take your writing to the next level. You will leave with the skills, and the proven lessons, to achieve your writing project, whatever it is.

If you need more, check out Writing A Novel, or if you're just getting going, and want a great beginners' writing course, try Getting Started

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The course consists of 12 weekly, 2-hour morning sessions and will be taught by Rowan Coleman plus an editor & literary agent at the end of the course. Weekly sessions will take place on Thursdays from 10.30am–12.30pm.

Thursday 26 January, 2017: Session 1

Introductory Session, including tips on getting going, originating ideas, the writing process, self-discipline, and gaining confidence.

Session 2

Achieving Originality. Creating a concept and making your idea stand out from the crowd.

Session 3

Finding Your Voice. Know who you are as a writer, where you are now and where you want to be. Discover the confidence to create your own style.

Session 4

Plot: Creating a road map to help you navigate through your work. Pacing, story arcs and the freedom to go off road when inspiration strikes. Sub plots, adding richness and texture, how to avoid over plotting, know when to cut and make changes.

Session 5

Creating a Strong Opening. How to start your novel with a bang, and keep your reader wanting more.

Session 6

Dialogue. How to write speech convincingly, and how to use it to propel the plot.

Session 7

Characterisation. How to make your characters live and breathe, engage your reader and embody your ideas.

Session 8

Writing Prose and How to Use to Description. How to create a sense of place, atmosphere and to enable to plot. How to know when there is too much description and not enough.

Session 9

Research vs. Imagination. The importance of research in creating a sense of place and authenticity. When the facts matter and when they don't.

Session 10

Stuck in the Middle. What to do when you've written yourself into a dead end. How to re-navigate, re-motivate your writing and re-energise your book, finding the stamina to make it to the end.

Session 11

The End. How to keep your goal in sight, how to know when you reached it and how to create a satisfying and/or meaningful ending that does justice to your plot.

Session 12

The Next Stage. Bringing your work to publication, how to find an agent and editor.

26th January 2017 - 13th April 2017

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Rowan Coleman is the author of fourteen novels including The Sunday Times bestseller The Memory Book, the double award–winning ...



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