BPA Writing Weekend for Novelists


September 25 – 27, 2020

2 pm – 4 pm workshops online via zoom

Cost: £50 per workshop, £135 for all three

Contact us to check availability and make a booking. Places are limited.

Friday September 25, 2020

“Point of View and Narrators”

with Alice Jolly

Saturday September 26, 2020

“Agent Submissions”

with Nelle Andrew

Sunday September 27, 2020

“The Writer’s Palette”

with Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

Friday September 25, 2020

“Point of View and Narrators” with Alice 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 September 26, 2020

“Agent Submissions” – Synopses, Cover letters and Insider tips with Nelle Andrew
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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 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 September 27, 2020

“The Writer’s Palette” with author and screenwriter, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott –
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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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Tutorial sessions via zoom on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm – 4 pm

Cost: £50 per session, £135 for all three.

Get in touch to check availability and reserve your place. Limited spaces.

How do I join and how will the session be run?

A few days before the session you will be sent joining instructions for zoom.

The sessions will be conducted with writers muted but if possible with the video on so that there is a sense of a group.

During the session writers may ask questions in the chat box and after the break, there will be a Q & A session. Depending on numbers this part of the session may be unmuted and if your question is being answered then by all means unmute yourself if you wish.

Any handouts from the session will be sent out along with a recording of the session after the event.

What do I need to have to hand?

We will let you know nearer the time what you need to prepare but in general it might be helpful to have some of your own work printed out. Then just a pen and paper if you want to make notes.

What’s included in the cost?

Tuition, Q & A and post event, any handouts and a recording of the session.

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£50 per session or £135 for all three workshops. Contact us to check availability and reserve your place.

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