This course will take place in person.
We will develop our ideas into full synopses, from ‘elevator pitches’ to complete structures. Using archetypal plot outlines to guide us, we will focus on creating a solid path we can follow to write the full manuscript, while still allowing for creative freedom.
Participants will complete practical exercises during the session, as individuals and as part of group work. After the session, participants will receive all the slides and resources (including recommended editors, further reading and two free eBooks) from course tutor, Melissa.
Who is this course for?
This course is ideal for those wishing to write historical fiction. Whether you’re starting from a ‘snippet’ of an idea or wanting to create a series from your standalone novel, come along and learn how to develop your ideas.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
You will need a notepad and a pen. If you already have ‘snippet’ of history you’d like to write about, please do bring relevant materials along with you.
How we’re keeping you safe
Because we would like to keep the staff and each other safe, we expect and recommend face coverings to be worn the public areas that can become crowded. These are the corridors, toilet areas and the queues at the bar. There will also be an event-specific QR code that guests will be asked to scan on arrival.
If you test positive for Covid-19 or are asked to isolate and are not able to attend your class or pre-booked event, please contact the Bishopsgate Box Office for further information (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please do not come to the Institute in person if you have symptoms or have tested positive.
In addition to these measures, Bishopsgate Institute has strict cleaning protocols in place and ventilation throughout the building. There are also numerous hand-sanitising stations available and touch-free drinking fountains. Find out more about how we’re keeping you safe.
You will learn
- How to move from a small spark of inspiration to a fully developed plot
- Research tips from an experienced historical fiction author
- How to write a clear synopsis which will act as a guide for your first draft
- Including an ‘elevator pitch’ as part of your planning
- How to create a series from a standalone novel.
Meet the Tutor
Melissa Addey spent fifteen years in business, developing new products, and mentoring entrepreneurs. In 2015, she became a full-time author. In 2016, she was the Leverhulme Trust Writer in Residence at the British Library, where she continues to run monthly workshops for authors on craft and business skills. She has self-published 14 books, including three historical fiction series. Two of her books have been selected for Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society, while a third won the 2019 Novel London award. She has a PhD in Creative Writing. Her PhD thesis focused on the creative interplay between fact and fiction in historical fiction.
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- 10:00 - 13:00
- Melissa Addey
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