image for Workshop/Course item typeWriting a First Novel Workshop at The Exchange Twickenham

Workshop/Course, Wed 8 Nov 2017


Writing a novel is a creative challenge like no other, but sometimes getting started can seem like the hardest part of all. This workshop looks at the genesis of the novel – that crucial step from having an idea to getting something down on paper or screen – and aims to help writers concentrate and consolidate their thoughts and ambitions. Where do ideas for novels come from? How can you tell if your idea is good enough to carry a whole book? Should you plot the whole thing out, or just close your eyes, cross your fingers and start writing?

Jonathan Gibbs is a novelist, short story writer and literary critic, as well as Programme Director for the MA Creative Writing: First Novel at St Mary’s, Twickenham. His novel Randall is published by Galley Beggar Press, and his stories have appeared in Salt’s Best British Short Stories 2014 and 2015.

Come along if you think you’ve got an idea for a novel, but you’re not sure – or if you’re ready to write one, but need that perfect idea.

Maximum 16 participants

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 8 Nov 2017 19:00 to 21:00


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