Oct
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Writing Fiction Using Real Characters

Guest writer: Jill Dawson

Writing fiction inspired by a real person or people is an exciting challenge for the writer but fraught with obstacles. Jill Dawson is an award winning novelist who’s especially skilled at incorporating real people in her fiction, the most recent being The Crime Writer about the author Patricia Highsmith. Others include Fred and Edie about the hanged murderess Edith Thompson, and The Great Lover, about the poet Rupert Brooke. You should come away from this evening with a bundle of new approaches to creating characters based on real people.

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Nov
6
7:30pm 7:30pm

Short or Long? Form in Fiction

Guest writer: Tessa Hadley

Ever start writing in one form and find it’s morphed into something else entirely? Join us as we explore the possibilities of form in fiction. Our guest author, Tessa Hadley, is a Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, and an award winning novelist and short story writer. She publishes short stories regularly in the New Yorker, reviews for the Guardian and the London Review of Books. This salon should appeal to writers who are trying to decide whether to distil their idea into a short story or expand it to a novel. 

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Dec
4
7:30pm 7:30pm

Poetry For Prose Writers

Guest writer: Maura Dooley

Join us alongside the award winning poet, Maura Dooley, as we discuss how thinking like a poet helps prose-writers to “flex muscles you don't use enough”. Maura is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Reader in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. You should come away from tonight’s salon with a clearer idea of the possibilities, and some creative suggestions to enrich your practice and nourish your prose.

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Imagining And Developing Characters
Sep
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

Imagining And Developing Characters

Guest Writer: Monica Ali

Dynamic characters-in-action are the life blood of strong story-telling, but how do you set about imagining people who never existed, then give them the substance and individuality that they need? In this session, we’ll be joined by the award-winning, best-selling writer Monica Ali to explore ways to create living, breathing fictional characters with agency and drive. By the end of this salon you should be flush with new ideas to propel your characters and WIP to the next level.

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Be Your Own Writing Coach
Jul
3
7:30pm 7:30pm

Be Your Own Writing Coach

Guest writer: Jacqui Lofthouse

Do you need some inspiration and motivation tips to get going and keep going this summer? What’s stopping you from finishing that book?  Do you start but never quite finish? Would you like to be more confident in your approach to writing?  Jacqui Lofthouise is a novelist, writing coach and literary consultant and has a wealth of experience and ideas for making the most of your writing time. This evening’s salon, the last before we take a summer break, should equip you with some new ways to a more productive writing life. 

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World Building: Bringing Characters and Places Alive
Jun
5
7:30pm 7:30pm

World Building: Bringing Characters and Places Alive

Guest writer: Claire Scobie 

Are you finding it a challenge to create a vivid, evocative sense of time and place in your writing? Building a fictional world matters tremendously whether you’re writing historical fiction set in 18th Century Southern India, a crime thriller in contemporary Vauxhall, or a parallel universe in a dystopian future. Claire Scobie is a novelist, journalist and experienced tutor and mentor. By the end of this evening with Claire you should take away some fresh ideas on how to enrich your writing by animating your characters and bringing your setting to life.

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Exploring Creative Non-Fiction
May
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

Exploring Creative Non-Fiction

Guest Writer: Francis Spufford

There are so many rich possibilities when writing creative non-fiction, be it memoir, travel writing, life writing or some other variation of the form. Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start or perhaps you’ve started and are not sure how to proceed. This salon should appeal to writers interested in the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction and keen to explore and develop their voice. Join Kellie and Emma in conversation with Francis Spufford, whose books bridge memoir, history, travel, biography, science writing and polemic. Francis’s first novel, Golden Hill, is nominated for the Costa 2016 First Novel Award, and he also teaches on the MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths.

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Writing For Children & Young Adults
Apr
24
7:30pm 7:30pm

Writing For Children & Young Adults

Guest: Sara Grant

Do you write fiction for children or teens: be it a tale for young readers, a middle grade mystery or a cutting edge YA novel? Need some help? Sara Grant is the author and editor of over a 100 books for children and teaches a masterclass on the subject at Goldsmith’s University.

Sarah has a wealth of experience and insight in all facets of the industry when it comes to writing for young people. You should come away from tonight’s salon with some key ideas to improve your writing. 

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Writing Historical Fiction with Essie Fox
Mar
27
7:30pm 7:30pm

Writing Historical Fiction with Essie Fox

Guest: Essie Fox

How do you create a compelling and authentic story set in the past?  Who better than guest writer Essie Fox, whose new novel is The Last Days of Leda Grey.

Essie joins resident expert Emma alongside Kellie to excavate ways into writing Historical Fiction. After tonight’s salon you should gain fresh insight and top tips to bring the past to life in your work.

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Publicity For Writers; How To Get It & How To Survive It
Feb
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

Publicity For Writers; How To Get It & How To Survive It

Guest: Ruth Ware

Writers these days have to promote themselves, but it can seem incredibly daunting especially if, like most writers, you're naturally introverted. Ruth Ware is both a NY Times Bestselling novelist, and a former senior publicist with major publishers. As well as surviving publicity for her own books, she's worked with every kind of author from the world-famous to the unknown and terrified.

By the end of this evening, you should take away a clearer understanding of what's essential, what's a good idea, what's pointless, how to work with a publicist, and how nonetheless to protect your private, writerly core.

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Writing Short Stories
Jan
23
7:30pm 7:30pm

Writing Short Stories

Guest: Stella Duffy

"Each story is a world of its own, broad as a novel and precise as poetry." Award-winning novelist and short fiction writer, the multi talented Stella Duffy, joins Emma and Kellie to discuss writing short stories and, perhaps too, some of the writers she most admires and why.

Here’s a chance to pick up some top tips for writing short stories. You should leave this salon with some new approaches and thinking to enrich your short fiction.

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Plot And Story
Nov
14
7:30pm 7:30pm
Creating Characters In Fiction
Oct
17
7:30pm 7:30pm
Make Your Novel Shine
Sep
19
7:30pm 7:30pm