Master your art
Do you want help in a particular area of your writing? A masterclass will help you hone your skills so that you can overcome specific obstacles and move your story forward. You’ll be inspired by published authors who have been where you are right now – and know how to progress to the next level. Best of all, they want to show you how. Let our industry experts guide you and show you how to get the most out of your writing.
You will walk away inspired and filled with new-found confidence to take your writing to the next level.
About our Fiction Writing Masterclasses:
- Two-hours sessions lead by some of the best writers in the business.
- Learn brilliant tips and tricks on specific aspects of writing.
- Meet and connect with other writers.
- Go home with a head full of ideas and a heart full of inspiration.
- Small class sizes.
Writing can be a lonely vocation, and connecting with other writers is vital. Join our Fiction Masterclass to take your writing to new heights.
Previous Fiction Writing Masterclasses
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Point of View with Pamela Freeman
If you want to get published, you simply must master point of view. By the end of this Masterclass you will have a clear understanding of exactly how this works. Chances are you know how point of view works – kind of. But what’s the difference between “3rd person” and “3rd person close-focus”? When should you use 1st person and 3rd person? Can you use both? How can you deepen your characterisations through better use of point of view? And what is “stream of consciousness” really, and should you avoid it?
This Masterclass will look at examples of the same scene written from different points of view, so you can see the concrete differences between them and be absolutely clear about which is best to use in your story. Time will be given to group discussion about issues with your current work.
Novellas with Nick Earls
Novellas are back in fashion. To learn more about this renaissance, in this Masterclass, Nick Earls will discuss the opportunities for novellas in the current market, the craft of writing a novella and how to get your novella published. Practical case studies of Nick’s works will be featured and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a facilitated Q&A with Nick in an intimate setting. All students will receive a copy of Nick’s latest novella, “Juneau”.
Short Stories with Cat Sparks
Crafting short stories is a specific skill that focuses on issues of language and structure. A good short story is transformative. A snapshot of the human condition, its concise suggestiveness engenders passion and can linger with you long after you have stopped reading.
Cat Sparks examines the elements required in creating a publishable short story, from opening hook through to closing sentence – story vs plot; inspiration; story structure; believable characters; strong beginnings, middles and ends; point-of-view; setting; conflict, and theme; tips on making every sentence count; paying markets; critique groups; how much revision is too much; cover letters and submission etiquette; rejection and how to deal with it.
Dialogue with Pamela Freeman
Every novel contains dialogue. However, “good” dialogue is easy to recognise but hard to create. This Masterclass will look at character-driven dialogue and how you can use dialogue to create vivid characters, drive the action and provide exposition. It will also look at the limits of dialogue – what not to use dialogue for – and how to use your character’s emotions to decide what to have them say, and what to have them think instead. Time will be given to group discussion about issues with your current work.