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Masterclasses

If you want to learn or perfect a specific aspect of the craft of writing – memoir, say, or narrative voice, characterisation, or plot – the Ink Academy Author Masterclasses are for you.

We choose our Authors for their skill in teaching, as well as their experience of writing and getting published, and each Masterclass is tailored to the aspect of the craft of writing that they excel in. So you will learn about narrative voice, for example, from an author who has particular experience in using different points of view.

With a maximum of 10 attendees, the Author Masterclasses are intimate and interactive, and offer a genuine opportunity to learn practical elements of the craft of writing from a published author. Each Masterclass is different but you can expect to take part in engaging discussion in an unpressured environment, and to come away equipped with practical tools to apply to your own writing.

Upcoming Author Masterclasses:

Masterclass: How Plot Your Novel (or Memoir) – with Ned Beauman

Masterclass: How Plot Your Novel (or Memoir) – with Ned Beauman

Date: 26th September 2017

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Location: LIBRARY, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4BD

Book now – only ten places available!

Do you have a brilliant idea for a novel but can’t work out an ending? Or you’d like to write your memoir – but aren’t sure how to give shape and structure to your real-life events? Perhaps you have started your book but don’t know how to unify the various stories? Or have a finished draft that needs tightening up where it sags in the middle?

No plot, and a book lacks purpose; too much and it leaves nothing to the reader. In this masterclass, award-winning author Ned Beauman will teach you to balance the fine line between too little plot and too much, and discuss with you the challenges he faced and how he overcame them to finish his work and get published.

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Fiction Masterclass: Mastering Your Narrative Voice – with Joe Dunthorne

Fiction Masterclass: Mastering Your Narrative Voice – with Joe Dunthorne

Date: 18th July 2017

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Location: LIBRARY, Covent Garden, London

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Have you got a great idea for a novel or short story, but aren’t yet sure who your narrator should be? Or are you halfway through your book but worry your characters don’t quite ring true? Perhaps you’re in the editing process and want to ensure that your narrative voice is consistent throughout?

Award-winning author Joe Dunthorne will help you find your narrative voice – and keep it authentic and convincing. He will show you how to identify the typical traps writers can fall into, and teach you writing techniques to avoid these pitfalls, to ensure your characters and point of view are both credible and compelling.

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Everything To Know About Getting Published – with Simon Winder

Everything To Know About Getting Published – with Simon Winder

Date: 6th June 2017

Time: 6-8pm : Individual sessions 8-9pm

Location: Covent Garden, London

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Are you working on your book? Have you finished writing and are preparing to submit to agents? Or have you submitted and want to know what the process is now? This masterclass will equip you with an understanding of how the publishing industry works as a whole – and teach you how to get the most out of it, both before and after you’ve got yourself a publisher.

Unmissable for any writer looking to get their work published, the class is led by Simon Winder, a leading publisher and bestselling author. Four attendees can complement the class with a one-to-one consultation with Simon to receive personalised feedback on their book pitch and cover letter.

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Apply here for the Ink Academy Writing Course

Applying to the Ink Academy Writing Course is quick and simple. Just upload a sample of your writing below, along with your name and email address, and we will be in touch with enrolment details.

The sample of your writing does not need to be polished or perfect, or even from the work you want to develop on the course. It is just so that we can ensure our course is best placed to help you. For more details, please see our FAQs.

Please feel free to include any additional information, for example:
– Anything you’d like us to know about your writing experience, the project you’d like to work on or the submission you’ve uploaded below
– Preferred times and days for tutorials
– Whether you would like any additional Group Workshops (1 is included in the price)

Upload 1,000-5,000 words of your writing here: