The Novel

  • Course Tutor: Kate Brown
  • When: Monday evenings, 19:00-21:00
  • Start date: 10 Feb 2020
  • Where: Wilmersdorf (Ring and U3)
  • Number of Sessions: 7
  • Maximum Participants: 12
  • Cost: €150 + 19% VAT (MwSt)

Are you writing a novel and finding it’s turning into a lonely marathon? Do you have an idea, but don’t know where to start? If so, this workshop is just what you need.

Using writing exercises and the discussion of short passages from favourite novels, we will look at voice and point of view, how to create believable, interesting characters, and story and plot. We will explore possibilities for creating a writing habit and finding our paths as writers on the long journey we take when writing a novel.

With a focus on openings, the latter part of the course will be used to workshop short extracts from participants’ work in progress, sharing each other’s writing, and giving and receiving feedback in the sessions. Everyone gets a go and participants learn from reading each other’s work as well as from the feedback they get. The first four weeks are structured, with the last three reserved for the discussion of participants’ extracts.

We will also look at what to do once you have a manuscript you want to send out into the world. How do you go about trying to find a publisher for your novel? And how do you decide whether your work is ready?

Above all, the course provides guidance, food for thought and a supportive environment in which to meet other writers and share your fascination with storytelling.

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KATE BROWN is a writer and film-maker. Her first novel ‘The Women of Versailles’, set during the reign of Louis XV, was published by Seren Books in 2017. Her story ‘Making Fists’ won third prize in the Bristol Short Story Prize 2016. Other short fiction has been published widely and short-listed for the Fish Short Story Prize and the Asham Award among others. Kate has good eye for a story, she was fiction editor at UK literary magazine The View From Here. Stories she selected for publication there went on the be published in Salt’s 2013 and 2014 Best British Short Stories anthologies. She is also a mentor for the Womentoring Project. Kate is a graduate of the UK’s National Film and Television School, her films have been shown at festivals and on television worldwide.