This 8-week course explores the novel-writing process from initial hook to final edits, helping you to develop plot, structure, character, dialogue and style. You'll analyse examples of great writing, experiment with creative exercises, and get feedback on your own work and ideas. You'll also learn how to prepare your novel for submission to agents or publishers and consider what makes it unique.
The course will look at:
• Developing initial ideas and establishing a 'hook'
• Creating believable characters and making your reader care about them
• Different approaches to planning and plotting
• Narrative structures and how they work/how to use them
• Building suspense, keeping the reader gripped
• Dialogue, description, and style
• Editing and improving
• Preparing your book for submission
Helen Cooper is a writer from Derby. She has taught English and Academic Writing in both FE and HE, and most recently was Head of Learning Enhancement at the University of Birmingham. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University and has been published in Writers' Forum, Mslexia, the Bath Short Story Prize Anthology (2014) and the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize Anthology (2018). Her debut novel, The Downstairs Neighbour, will be out in spring 2021 with Hodder and Stoughton (UK) and Putnam (US). It tells the story of the disappearance of a teenage girl and the fall-out for everybody connected to her.
Writing a Novel
With Helen Cooper
8 weeks from Wednesday February 19th to Wednesday April 8th
Tickets £115/£105 conc./£95 members