Starting Your Novel: A 10-Week Workshop on Zoom

We're delighted to announce that due to popular demand we're adding a second course of our new online writing workshop STARTING YOUR NOVEL. Our second 10-week course begins January 5th and will bring you together with other like-minded writers in a guided workshop format online via Zoom. The course will be taught by local author Dr. Louise Tucker and is aimed expressly at those aspiring to write longer form fiction. If you've been sitting on that novel idea, why not take the plunge this winter during lockdown and join our supportive writing community?


Have you always wanted to write a novel, but never had the time? Or, perhaps, you have an idea for a book but don’t know how to find your voice? If you have ever wanted to tell a story but are unsure how to begin, this course is for you. It will kick-start your book, giving you the confidence to find and shape an idea, write a first draft and learn the steps required to take an idea from draft through to publication. 


Through reading and writing exercises, and by exploring books, films and songs, the weekly lessons will help you find your creative voice, build a writing habit that works with your daily life and develop that vague idea in your head into something real on the page. Take the first steps towards writing your novel in this encouraging and engaging workshop.

The workshop will meet online Tuesday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm starting January 5th and will be limited to 12 participants. Over the course of the ten weeks each writer will submit material for the group's consideration as well as give and receive feedback on their work.

Cost of the workshop is £295 including VAT. To sign up click HERE.

This workshop aims not just to inspire you, but give you the confidence to turn your idea into a novel. Specifically, we hope you will:

  • find your voice and develop a writing habit that works for you

  • hone an initial concept and discover the heart of your story

  • develop ideas, characters, structure, dialogue and setting

  • plan, shape and develop a draft

  • edit your work and that of others

  • learn how to give and receive valuable feedback, which is essential to the writing process

  • submit 1-3 chapters of your work-in-progress for group discussion and feedback

  • receive clear practical guidance about how to submit your novel to agents

  • develop your writing confidence in a supportive, encouraging environment


Dr Louise Tucker is an editor, lecturer and writer. She has twenty years’ experience in commercial publishing (working at HarperCollins, Bloomsbury and Granta) and now edits part-time. She currently teaches novel-writing at Goldsmiths and publishing at London Metropolitan University, and has been a Costa Short Story Award reader since the Award’s inception in 2012. She can therefore offer industry knowledge of how to improve writing to a professional, publishable and, ultimately, prize-winning standard. In the last two years she has focused on her own writing and written her first novel. In 2019 her manuscript won the inaugural Lost the Plot Work in Progress Prize, was shortlisted for The Bath Novel Award, longlisted for the Stockholm Writers Festival First Pages Prize and has now been taken on by an agent.

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