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Getting Started As A Novelist


Saturday, 16 November 2019


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This workshop is for you if you are starting out as a writer, if you've always wanted to write a novel but don't know how to begin or if you've written the beginnings of a novel but it's in the drawer.

It's easy to think that being a reader means you know how to write a novel, but there's much more to it than that.

On this full-day, intensive workshop, you will learn how to navigate the journey to becoming a published novelist, from first words to first draft.

This course is led by author Susanna Beard, whose psychological thrillers Dare to Remember and The Truth Waits are published by Legend Press. Her third novel is well under way. She will be supported by writer Jan Stannard.

The day will include:

  • plotting and planning

  • the three-act structure

  • story arc

  • developing characters

  • writing vivid settings

  • point of view 

  • time and narrative

  • the experience of being a writer

£99 including tea, coffee, cold drinks and cake. 

Marlow has lots of cafes and pubs to visit during the workshop lunch break.

Below is some feedback about this workshop from previous participants.


Some participant comments about our first workshop, 'Getting Started As A Novelist':

“I loved the workshop. I really enjoyed the exercises and I feel inspired to begin writing and to read more.”

“I appreciated the unpressurised approach. Time went quickly and was nicely split between topics.”

“I am a beginner and learned a great deal in a short amount of time. I feel I was given enough information and ideas to start writing.”

“I appreciated the interaction with other would-be writers and was inspired by Susanna’s journey.”

If you have any questions about any aspect of the workshops, please email and include your phone number if you'd like us to call you