HALF DAY WORKSHOPS
AT TEMPLETON HOUSE, KINTBURY, BERKSHIRE

TUTORS :  ALICE JOLLY & NELLE ANDREW & KELLEIGH GREENBERG-JEPHCOTT,

May 15 – 17, 2020

 

Afternoon workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2pm – 5.30 pm

Cost: £75 per workshop, £200 for all three

Limited numbers

Friday May 15, 2020

“Point of View and Narrators”

with Alice Jolly

Saturday May 16, 2020

“Agent Submissions”

with Nelle Andrew

Sunday May 17, 2020

“The Writer’s Palette”

with Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

Friday May 15, 2020

“Point of View and Narrators” with Alice Jolly
Jolly

A novelist, playwright and memoirist, Alice has won both the V S Pritchett Memorial Prize for short stories and the PEN/Ackerley Prize for autobiography. Her latest novel, Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile was shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2019. She also teaches creative writing at Oxford University.

“Point of View” seems to get writers in more of a tangle than any other technical issue. In this workshop, author and creative writing tutor Alice Jolly explains how to get it right.

Do you know when you have changed view point? Why have you changed view point and are you sure you need to?

Wider questions are – 

Whose story is it? Who speaks in your book and who does not?
Who has a voice and who is silenced?
Where does the reader make his / her emotional investment when reading your book?
Does it matter if we don’t like the main character in a book?
Does the main character always have to be the same as the narrator?
What is gained and what is lost when you have several different narrators in a novel?

Saturday May 16, 2020

“Agent Submissions” – Synopses, Cover letters and Insider tips with Nelle Andrew
Nelle Andrew - BluePencilAgency - BPA

Nelle Andrew was nominated for Literary Agent of the Year at The British Book Awards 2018, and was a Bookseller Rising Star (2016) whose career includes discovering Sunday Times, and New York Times bestsellers; award winning novelists as well as several Richard and Judy Book Club Picks.
She’s also a published novelist in her own right.

Think of your submission package as a job application for your book. You not only want to apply to the right people, the ones who have a passion for the books you write, but you want to present your book in such a way that they will easily see what your book has to offer.

Leading literary agent Nelle Andrew of PFD discusses the dos and don’ts of submitting to agents, how you can make your submission stand out from the pile, and what you should be asking a potential agent. You’ll go home with practical tips for what to include in your cover letter, how to write a clear synopsis and the tools you need to hone your elevator pitch.
Nelle recently signed two of the shortlisted authors for our First Novel Award and is actively looking for debuts. So if you are looking for representation this workshop will be invaluable.

Sunday May 17, 2020

“The Writer’s Palette” with author and screenwriter, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott –
Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott - Blue Pencil Agency - BPA

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Kelleigh lives between Los Angeles and London. She is an award winning screenwriter as well as winning accolades for her debut novel Swan Song.

Whether describing everyday events, love and loss, complex plots or mystery drama, when used effectively, the writer’s palette paints a vivid and vibrant picture in the mind of the reader evoking emotion and engaging the reader in a new experience.

Kelleigh’s background in screenwriting gives her work a very visual and strong sense of place and time and her characterisation is highly nuanced. Her debut novel Swan Song, a fictionalised reimagining of the later life of US author Truman Capote tells of the writer’s last years in the voices of the society women or “Swans” whom he befriended and then betrayed. The novel won this year’s McKitterick Prize, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for the Goldsboro Award. Kelleigh is currently adapting Swan Song as a limited series for television.

Kelleigh will also talk about her journey to getting published.

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Afternoon workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2pm – 5.30 pm

Venue: Private house in Kintbury, West Berkshire.

Transport: 10 minute walk from Kintbury station. if driving, we are between Junctions 13 and 14 on the M4. On site parkin.

Cost: £75 per workshop, £200 for all three. Cost includes afternoon tea break

 

 

How many writers will there be at the workshop?

The group is small – generally no more than 15 writers.  We try to ensure a group of like minded writers at similar stages in their work. Some of the writers will be staying at the house as weekend guests as these workshops are part of our Spring Writing Retreat.

What do I need to bring?

We will let you know nearer the time what to bring but in general it might be helpful to bring your opening chapter and synopsis. Then just a pen and paper if you want to make notes.

What’s included in the cost?

Tuition, Q & A and afternoon tea and cake.

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