Writing a novel is the most often cited secret ambition of the British public. But many people simply don’t know where to start. When do you know it’s finished and is the middle bit any good at all? Novel writing can be very insular and overwhelming but this course offers 40 sensible tips to help you realise your ambition. Adele Parks offers encouragement and a one-foot-in-front-of-the-other practical guide to the illusive art, craft and graft of fiction writing.

Course includes:

1. Motives for writing
2. Can writing be taught
3. Time and space for your novel
4. Practical conditions to optimise output
5. Theme
6. Character
7. Plot
8. Experimenting with prose
9. Editing

Adele Parks was born in Teesside, NE England, in 1969. After graduating from Leicester University, where she studied English Language and Literature, Adele worked in advertising and as a management consultant. She published her first novel, Playing Away, in 2000; that year the Evening Standard identified Adele as one of London’s ‘Twenty Faces to Watch’.

Prolific, Adele has published sixteen novels in sixteen years, all of which have been bestsellers. She’s sold three million copies of her work in the UK alone but is also translated into 26 different languages. She writes numerous articles and short stories for national magazines and newspapers and often appears on radio and TV talking about her work and related matters.

Her first 13 novels were contemporary novels but her last two, Spare Brides and If You Go Away are historical set during and after WW1. Her most recently published novel The Stranger In My Home, is currently in development as a TV drama.

Adele is passionate in her belief that reading is a basic right; she’s an Ambassador for the charity The Reading Agency. She’s a Patron of Guildford Book Festival.

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