It’s been a busy couple of months since I last posted any news on this blog. Two recent pleasures for me were being involved with the New Writing Showcase by Novel Studio students at City University London, and making the shortlist for the Yeovil Literary Prize, judged this year by Tracy Chevalier.
Whilst I’m used to reading my own work in public, I’d never compered a readings event before the Novel Studio showcase, but I was helped by the fact that the students’ work was of such a good standard. The audience of family, friends and industry professionals all seemed to really enjoy the evening.
As for the short-listing – in the novel category, with my first book A Tiny Speck of Black and then Nothing – I’m obviously thrilled. I look forward to finding out the final results when they are announced.
As a current tutor at City University’s Novel Studio, I want to remind anyone interested that the deadline for applications is fast approaching.
The Novel Studio offers fifteen selected students the opportunity to work on their novels-in-progress in twice-weekly evening sessions that run over three terms. The course guides participants through the tricky terrain of novel writing, from plotting, planning and research through to character development, pacing, narrative voice and style, revisions and editing. The module I am teaching this term is “The Publishing Industry” and it culminates in an end-of-year reading event to friends of the students involved as well as invited industry guests.
As a tutor, I have been really impressed by the standard of work produced by the group this year, and also their serious level of commitment to the novels they are writing. If you are interested in applying for 2013/14, here’s what you need to do:
Email 2,000 words of your own fiction (short story or novel extract) and a copy of your CV to Emily.Pedder.firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can post your work to the following address:
The Novel Studio
City University London
London EC1V OHB
The deadline is 30 May 2013. For more information, please see the applications page of the City website.
As of the moment at least, I am not on Twitter, but my colleague Emily Pedder has just started a page for the writing courses at City University.
This includes The Novel Studio, on which I’ll be teaching from next year. The address is @WritingMatters1
The Novel Studio (formerly known as The Certificate in Novel Writing) will be running at City University London from autumn 2012. This will be a three-term, year-long course, that aims to guide fifteen selected students through the various aspects of writing a novel, as well as preparing them for work with agents and editors.
I am thrilled to have been asked to teach modules in terms two and three (Workshop One and The Publishing Industry) and to be working, once again, with my good friend Emma Sweeney as well as Emily Pedder and Kirstan Hawkins.
If you think you or someone you know might be interested, I encourage you to find out more from the City University website. Or if you have any questions you think I could answer, do please get in touch using the Contact Emily tab on the home screen.