Writing your first book (November 2013)
WhenWednesday 13 November 2013
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NUJ Head Office, Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP
Do you think you have a novel in you? Or maybe a non-fiction book? Course tutor Brendan Foley, author of the best-seller Under the Wire, will take you through the step and outline some pitfalls to be avoided in a lively, practical one-day intensive course.
The one day course covers:
- The Big Idea – is it commercial enough to be worth the effort, but creatively strong enough to sustain your focus over a long time?
- Research – know your subject, know the market and know the competition. Do you need any permissions?
- Working full time or in spare time – techniques to maximize productivity and creativity
- Mental gymnastics – how to stay sane and focused despite long deadlines and possible rejections
- Structure – how to turn a daunting task into achievable objectives and ensuring continuity of style over weeks and months
- Style – the right voice or voices for your book. How this differs from journalism or screenwriting. Specifics of fiction, biography and ghost-writing
- Rewriting – taking a book to the next level. Knowing which criticism to accept or reject. The pros and cons of collaboration.
- Agents – How to get one and what they can or can’t do for you
- Publishers and self publishers – Outlets for your work, including film companies and online publishing and self publishing
Participants are welcome to bring along samples of their work if they wish.
Tutor: Brendan Foley
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Further details and contact information
Telephone: 020 7520 8340