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One Year Novel Writing Course 2021 with Janis Mackay
Sat 23 Jan 2021 to Sat 18 Dec 2021
With space limited to 14 people, this intimate one year novel writing course offers a very rich, stimulating, creative, gently challenging and supportive environment, where you will feel welcome as part of a community of writers.

My overall aim for this course is to offer an inspiring space for you to grow as a writer, to complete writing projects, to hone craft and editing skills, and to make the process rich, rewarding and stimulating.

We will also cover the technical elements of the fiction writer’s craft, including character development and motivation, conflict and plot, sense of place, dialogue, point of view, writing for dramatic effect, poignancy and pace.

The workshops are largely practical with emphasis on creative writing - responding to a variety of prompts and crafting exercises - as part of the classes. To supplement this we will study fiction examples, discuss style and technique, and share.

These workshops will suit and challenge writers of all genres, ages and stages - beginners are as welcome as those with experience. There is no need to have a clear story idea for a novel worked out before the course. The only requirement is that students have the desire to write a novel, and the desire to learn and hone the rich craft of fiction writing.

Now in its seventh year, this one year novel writing course will, at least for the first part of the year, be offered on Zoom, making the opportunity available to people outwith Edinburgh.

Format: One full-day online workshop (Saturday) plus two Tuesday evening sessions each month. In addition to the classes, each student will have a one to one tutorial.

Dates: Begins Saturday 23 January 2021
Location: Online via  and then possibly Edinburgh
Cost: £1400. This can be paid in instalments.
Further information can be found on my website or feel free to email for more information

Deadline for booking: Friday 15 January 2021 at 00:00.

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