How to plan, structure and pitch memoir or narrative non-fiction 

9th November 2019 // 10am Р4pm // £100 // 2 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3DH

Tackling a non-fiction text has much in common with writing a novel – but many differences too. In this day-long workshop, I will look at the creative and practical aspects of writing from life, starting with how to plan and structure your story, and offering tips for presenting your work to an agent of publisher.

Along the way, I’ll cover techniques to make your story rich, deep and compelling, the ethical and legal aspects of life-writing, how to plant moments of absolute enchantment in your prose – and what to leave out.

Full course materials will be provided.

Why learn with me?

I’m the author of three published memoirs – The 52 Seductions (Headline), The Electricity of Every Living Thing (Trapeze) and the forthcoming Wintering (Ebury). In the other half of my life I’m a literary scout for Lucy Abrahams Literary Scouting, and an editor for Faber Academy and Audible, so I spend a lot of time assessing non-fiction proposals, and working with writers to get their texts ready to meet the world. I’m also an experienced teacher – until recently, I was Programme Director for Creative Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University.

What will the course be like?

The course will be held in a small group in a relaxed, informal setting. There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss and feed in, as well as regular breaks.

Venue: Clean Prose, 2 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3DH (the room in on the ground floor with full level access).

Please note: lunch and refreshments (other than water) will not be provided, but there will be opportunities to buy food and hot drinks nearby.

What should I bring?

Come with a notebook/laptop (whatever you prefer), and a paragraph on your book idea, if you have one.

Anything else?

Don’t be afraid let me know about any support or adaptations you need – I’ll do my best to help. If there are any aspects of writing non-fiction that you need me to cover, please let me know in advance.

How to book

You can book online by clicking on the button below. If you’d like to ask any questions (or reserve a place), contact me via my webform.