Thursday, April 16, 2009



If you're serious about getting your novel drafted, written, revised, started, finished, or if you're confused about the whole submissions process a very special course is coming up. It's being run by two friends from my writing critique group who are both best-selling authors and, I guarantee, really do know their stuff.

Here's Kate Harrison , author of The Secret Shopper's Revenge and finalist in this year's Melissa Nathan Award:

I'm teaming up with Louise Voss, author of To Be Someone and three other terrific novels, to teach a course on commercial women's fiction from May 18 to 21 2009 in London.
It's slightly unusual in structure in that we're holding it over four consecutive evenings, rather like a summer school. But because it's in the evening it's also suitable if you work within commuting distance of Kingston-on-Thames, around 30 minutes from Waterloo.

Here's the lowdown, but if you've any more questions, do post in the comments (at her blog) and I'll do my best to answer! If you do want to book, there's a discount for signing up before April 17.

From light social comedy, to grittier relationship tales, women’s fiction titles sell in vast numbers and there’s a lot more to the genre than twentysomething chick lit. The vast majority of fiction buyers are women, and publishers are always looking for new voices to entertain, amuse and move readers. This is an intensive course, designed to give you the tools and knowledge you need to tackle this incredibly popular – and wide-ranging – genre.

Tutors Kate Harrison and Louise Voss are both best-selling authors with a passion for this area of fiction, and have published ten novels between them. These practical workshops explore the whole process, and are suitable for both new writers, and more experienced ones. The course will cover generating ideas, creating sympathetic yet complex characters, and approaches to story-telling. There’ll also be sessions on approaching agents and publishers, trends in this area of fiction, and an overview of the current publishing scene. As well as group workshops, there’ll be the opportunity for individual advice and feedback from our tutors and the opportunity to send a short excerpt from your current project for the tutors to read before the course starts.

The course runs over four consecutive nights, from 6pm-9pm, at Kingston University (30 minutes from Waterloo).

Cost: Full: £180 (£160 if booked before 17th April)
For booking and more info, call 020 8417 7790, email: or click here for more.

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