September 28, 6:00 – 8:00 pm BST

Location: Zoom

Psychic Distance: the fiction writer’s secret sauce. Over the years Emma has found that learning to work with psychic distance – often called narrative distance or emotional distance – is the game-changer for her students.

The thing is, novels are the only narrative form that can go deep inside fictional characters’ heads and see the world through their eyes. Sometimes you may want the reader to be deeply involved in your protagonists’ subjective perceptions, sometimes you might want the reader to have a wider and more objective experience of what’s happening in your story, and why. But when should you do which, and how do you do it?

By bringing together point-of-view, showing and telling, and narrative voice into a single, simple question, psychic distance can and will transform your storytelling. In this practical session we’ll start by exploring how psychic distance works, then try our hands with the new tool, and finally expand our sense of possibilities with some real-life examples by different writers.

There will be time for questions, and by the end you should have a new set of tools in your tool-kit and an understanding of why they can make such a huge difference.

Guest tutor:

Author and writing coach Emma Darwin


September 28, 2023


6.00 – 8.00 pm BST


Zoom Platform



Author and Writing Tutor

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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.

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