Long-Form Fiction *COURSE FULL*

  • Course Tutor: Ben Fergusson
  • When: Wednesdays 19:00–21:00
  • Start date: 27 Oct 2021
  • Where: Online
  • Number of Sessions: 7
  • Maximum Participants: 7
  • Cost: €170

This seven-week course is for anyone working or thinking about working on a novel. Whether you have written a page, a plot outline or a full first draft, this course will help you think about the fundamentals of creating long-form fiction. We will cover plot and characterisation, creating effective scenes, and writing believable dialogue. We will explore how to write concisely and dramatically, using classic texts to help us become better writers. We will also talk about the publication process and how your novels might be pitched and sold in the current market.

The two-hour sessions will include exercises and discussions. Each session will end with a feedback round in which we will read and workshop an excerpt from one of the participants’ projects. Every single attendee will have the opportunity to have their project workshopped. For attendees who are planning a novel but have not started writing yet, this workshopping portion of the course can also be used to present and discuss an idea or pitch for a novel.


Ben Fergusson is a writer and translator from the UK. His debut novel, The Spring of Kasper Meier (2014), won the Betty Trask Prize and the HWA Debut Crown, and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. It was the first in a trilogy of novels set in Berlin, completed by The Other Hoffmann Sister(2017) and An Honest Man (2019). The latter made the ‘Best Books of the Year’ lists in The Sunday Times, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Financial Times. Ben’s short fiction has been twice longlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and twice shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and in 2020 he won the Seán O’Faoláin International Short Story Prize for his story ‘A Navigable River’. He has translated numerous essays, poems and short stories from German and in 2020 won a Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation. He teaches at the University of Potsdam and lives in Berlin with his husband and son.



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