What is literary fiction?
Have you been told your fiction is “literary” or “literary-commercial crossover”?
Have you been told literary fiction doesn’t sell – or do you long to write the way the prize-winning fiction you most love is written?
In this tutorial we’ll look first at the different ways that literary fiction is defined, sold, read and rewarded. Then we’ll start to unpack some of the many different elements which make literary writing both exciting and challenging – from word and image to rhythm, story, structure and plot – and try our hands at a few of them.
You should take away a stronger sense of why literary fiction works when it does, and what goes wrong when it doesn’t, and a clearer idea of where your writing might ultimately sit on the literary-commercial spectrum.
Assistance to writers on low incomes and/or from communities under represented in publishing
We are offering a free place on each of our online tutorials and Q & A sessions for UK based writers on low incomes and/or from under represented communities in publishing.
Writers may apply for a free place on one of the sessions by contacting BPA with a short bio and a summary of their writing career to date.
Please click here to Contact BPA with your application and in the case of writers on low incomes, proof of financial eligibility such as: Jobseeker’s Allowance; Disability Benefit; Income Support; Working Tax Credit; Child Tax Credit; Proof of being a full-time student; Housing benefit; Proof of being a full-time carer.
All details will be kept confidential. Decisions on who receives the free places rest with the BPA team not the tutors.