Building on the pilot we ran in 2018, this residential weekend at Cove Park aims to help you get started on that novel – at long last. Together with Scholastic editor Genevieve Herr and LBA Books literary agent Louise Lamont, you will examine different ways to develop a compelling story then use your individual sessions with the residency tutors to receive feedback and ask anything about the publishing process.

The weekend course will:

  • Look at the theory of story-telling; ways to motivate and encourage yourself through the writing process, referring to key texts on writing and industry insiders’ experience
  • Offer close textual analysis looking specifically at character introduction / scene setting / dialogue to better understand what makes successful story-telling tick
  • Look at structuring your novel
  • There will also be a short writing task assigned

The residency is designed to cover both adult and children’s writing.

There will also be lots of opportunity to write in the self-contained accommodation on Cove Park’s rural site.

The weekend will run Friday 26th April (4pm) – Monday 29th April (10am) and costs £350. The deadline for applications is Monday 25th March and there are 7 spaces available. Find out more and apply here: Start Your Novel_residency masterclass