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Calendar of upcoming events

6th October: WriteMaster MG and YA start dates (with Lindsay Galvin, Chloe Seager, Alexandra Sheppard and Jo Williamson)
14th October: #WMChat with A.J. Sass
28th October: #WMChat with A.M. Dassu
1st December: WriteMentor Children's Novel Award opens
4th January: Maz Evans (MG) and Lauren James (YA) course start dates
31st January: WriteMentor Children's Novel Award closes


Just a quick one on WOWCON, to say thank you so much to everyone who attended! What an amazing weekend - more than 300 of you, all with such positive, learning attitudes and it was a real pleasure to facilitate and to be around all of that warm energy!

Remember, if you have a ticket, you can continue to access the platform all week until Sunday evening.

Online Courses

We have a new page for all our online courses! 

We hope it's much easier to navigate now. Read below to see how you can be the very first to sign up for newly published courses.

Lindsay Galvin and Alexandra Sheppard will lead their own 6 week online courses, taking you through the main elements to make to make your novel really stand out and to learn craft aspects that will help, not only this novel, but every one your write.

With guest agents Chloe Seager and Jo Williamson, who will look at the opening of your WIP and give some feedback, this is a great way to develop craft while writing, or redrafting, your novel MG or YA novel!

Start date: 6th October 2020

More here.

Other Opportunities

Spark Mentoring

Spark Mentoring is always available if you need extra help or support each month. We have made the Spark mentoring package even better by including access to our 12 month novel course and the self-editing course with Kesia Lupo for all Spark mentees - do contact me if you wish to access either of these and are a current spark mentee. If you wish to sign, hit the link above for all the details.

We have introduced a couple of new mentors in recent months to give those signing up, a wider range of authors to choose from and increase likelihood of compatibility. All their profiles can be found on the website.
We welcome Melinda Salisbury, Yasmin Rahman, Alex Sheppard and Aisha Bushby.
All our mentors would be delighted to work with you!

Spark mentor Emma Read has offered to give ongoing free critiques to BAME writers - one free package per month of synopsis and 1st page.
Sign up here and she will work through the list, at a rate of 1 a month, so the quicker you sign up, the quicker you'll get some feedback.
The latest edition of the magazine was released on 7th August!

Kit de Waal | Joseph Elliott | Emma Perry | Marisa Noelle | Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez | Jasmine Richards | J.R. Ford | Ian Johnson | Fiona Barker | Anna Moutran | The Honest Writer

Find out about...writing Young Adult fiction...publishing your first as a literary agent...representation in publishing...writing picture books...self-publishing...overcoming writer's read competition-winning short stories and flash fiction, and our celebration corner - featuring you!

Final word from the Jedi Master

WOW, what a weekend!

Forgive me for being somewhat off the usual topic today, but I've just finished a fantastic weekend of facilitating our WOWCON and I am genuinely feeling so high right now (wait til tomorrow morning! 😂)

And so I wanted to chat today about craft mastery and learning.

It's something I am obsessed with - always have had that nature of being ALL or NOTHING, and so when I want to learn more about something, I don't just do the surface stuff, I continue to go deeper and deeper, peeling away the layers, much like my study of biology (my first degree), we go beyond the superficial in organisms, and start to go organ, tissue, cell, and organelle deep! And then some! It is life-long learning, and even then, you'd barely cover all there is to know.

And as writers, we can also do this - for example, you can't learn all you need to know about character in 1, 2 or even 10 workshops on character. You can't learn everything from reading craft books or even from reading brilliant children's books, and learning by example.

We learn from experience, mostly. We learn from applying the theoretical knowledge we have to the world around us, mixing it with our past experiences, our memories and our emotions and feelings attached to those memories.

And so learning story-writing craft isn't just about attending some workshops (but boy do they help!) or reading some books, or leaning theory - but again, still do this - it's also about application of that knowledge.

In neurobiology, we call it either shallow encoding or elaborate, deep (semantic) encoding.

And when we come to write our characters, it's worth bearing that in mind - are you writing a shallow character, one which is one layer deep, or have you deleted deeper down, used past experience and memory and emotion to really get a 3D immersive experience for your reader?

There were some outstanding workshops on character this weekend - if you attended, you'll no doubt have heads bursting with thoughts of how to deepen and fully explore your characters, from backstory, to flaws and fears, and wants and needs.

It is a wondrous thing, how interlinked our storytelling is with real life…and that makes sense because, in a way, a story should reflect real life, and our emotions, experiences and memories and they should evoke this one big thought in a readers head: this could be me.

So, as you work on mastering your story craft, learning about all the various facets and beyond superficial elements of being a great storyteller, remember that we already have most of the raw materials we need to tell great, compelling stories - our lives, our experiences, emotions and memories.

All the craft does is help to remind you and put a framework on that already present, raw storytelling potential! 

Go forth and master those stories! 

Writing can be lonely, but it doesn't need to be.

May the Force be with you!

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