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Writing your first book (November 2013)


Wednesday 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.

How much will it cost?

Tutor: Brendan Foley

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.


Further details and contact information

NUJ Training
Telephone: 020 7520 8340

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