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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 Masterclass

How To Get A Literary Agent – Masterclass with Caroline Wood and Carrie Plitt

How To Get A Literary Agent – Masterclass with Caroline Wood and Carrie Plitt

Date: 23rd October 2018
Time: 6-8pm : Individual sessions 8-9pm
Location: LIBRARY, 112 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4BD
Price: £90 : Individual sessions an additional £60 (ticket prices include VAT, booking fee, refreshments)
Capacity: 26 : Individual sessions – sold out

Book now – limited spaces! One-to-one sessions have now sold out.

Are you looking to get published? This invaluable masterclass will give you the best possible chance of getting an agent. You’ll speak to leading literary agents Caroline Wood and Carrie Plitt – and learn exactly what they look for in a pitch, what makes a cover letter stand out from the crowd, and how to avoid the common mistakes writers make when trying to get representation.

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Masterclasses: Past and Future

Creating Convincing Characters – with Edmund Gordon

Creating Convincing Characters – with Edmund Gordon

Date: 23rd January 2018

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Location: LIBRARY, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4BD

How can you ensure you’ve created a truly compelling, interesting and authentic protagonist? How do you avoid writing two-dimensional secondary characters – and create a strong antagonist without cliché or caricature? And perhaps most importantly of all: how can you ensure that what you’re writing is held together by subtle, convincing character development?

Even more than plot, narrative voice, dialogue and setting, a character has the potential to make your novel truly memorable. But it isn’t always easy to create complex and rounded characters, let alone make their development throughout the book satisfying and compelling. In this intimate masterclass, award-winning author and creative writing tutor Edmund Gordon will teach you how to avoid the pitfalls writers can fall into when approaching character.

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Writing From Life – with Lu Spinney

Writing From Life – with Lu Spinney

Date: 21st November 2017 (PAST)

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Location: LIBRARY, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4BD

No longer available.

Do you have a real-life story to tell, but are worried about sharing too much of your life – as well as that of others? Are you struggling to give a narrative arc to your memoir so that it isn’t just a catalogue of events? Or wondering how much creative license you can bring to true events?

Life-writing – whether memoir or auto-fiction – involves a tension between truth and creativity, between memory and interpretation, intimacy and exposure. In this masterclass Lu Spinney, author of Beyond the High Blue Air, will show you how to stay true to real-life events and feelings whilst creating a compelling and readable story.

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How To Plot Your Novel – with Ned Beauman

How To Plot Your Novel – with Ned Beauman

Date: 26th September 2017 (PAST)

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Location: LIBRARY, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4BD

No longer 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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Mastering Your Narrative Voice – with Joe Dunthorne

Mastering Your Narrative Voice – with Joe Dunthorne

Date: 18th July 2017 (PAST)

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Location: LIBRARY, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4BD

No longer available.

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 (PAST)

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

Location: LIBRARY, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4BD

No longer available.

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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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.

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