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Birmingham Saturday 6th October 2018

Event Details

Date: Saturday 6th October 2018

Time: 10:00 – 5:30 pm

Location: Birmingham City University, B4 7BD

Author: William Gallagher

Cost: £85 for the day workshop, an additional £25 can be paid either at the same time or after the course if you wish to have your work appraised and receive individual feedback from William.

William can critique up to 1000 words from the opening of your novel and offer personalised feedback and advise if you sign up to the additional feedback option for £25

Itinerary for the day:

10:00-11:00 Finding and testing ideas.
How the smallest of stray thoughts can become a novel and the grandest of grand plans might not last to chapter 2. We’ll cover capturing those thoughts and trying them out with a mind map.
11:00-12:00 Characters.
We don’t have to like them but if we don’t believe in the characters, we won’t get involved in the story. There are no reliable shortcuts to creating characters but there are triggers that will help you and methods that will show you how the smallest of details can make someone real.
12:00-13:00 Dialogue.
How to stop dialogue being just description in speech marks. Learn how little you have to have characters say and even how little sense it has to make for readers to vividly understand. And learn why never letting any character answer any question is a route to both better dialogue for your characters and insane anguish for you.
13:00-14:00 Lunch.
14:00-15:00 Plotting.
Put two strong characters in a situation and the plot may take care of itself. For when it doesn’t, though, there are specific things you can do. There are no magic bullets, there is no simple solution, but there are approaches to plotting that will suit you and that will get you what you need.
15:00-16:00 Editing.
You know that your first draft is unlikely to be your best, that your first idea is usually not the greatest way to tell a story. In this hour we’ll prove it – by writing something new and then improving it radically.
16:00-16:30 Q&A

What to bring:

Paper and pens. You’re welcome to use laptops and tablets, you’re fine to record audio or video for your own use, the only requirement is that you have to have some way to write a lot down. A lot.

About the Author

   Photo Lee Allen Photography

William Gallagher is Deputy Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. He writes Doctor Who radio dramas and is the author of 18 books on writing, drama and television. He’s had four best-selling technology books and his journalism has regularly appeared in Radio Times, BBC News Online, BBC Ceefax plus The Independent and the Los Angeles Times. William’s next book is the short story collection Time Will, due out in Spring 2019.

He’s taught series of workshops on fiction, script-writing and journalism and done so to the most demanding of university lecturers, the most enthusiastic of students and the most scary of long-term prison inmates.

Twitter: @WGallagher

The Venue

Birmingham City University

Room C503
The Curzon Building:
4 Cardigan Street
B4 7BD

How to book a place.

Please contact Yvonne Lang at Authors Abroad to reserve a place –, 01535 656015 ext 9850

There will need to be a minimum of 12 participants to run the course and up to 30 can be accommodated.

The workshop can hold a maximum of 35 to ensure the quality of the workshop is retained and everyone has a chance to share their work.

Cost for the workshop is £85, you can pay an additional £25 at the time of booking or after the course to receive feedback on a sample of your work from William that you can submit via the online forum.

You will be informed if the course has sufficient numbers and is running by Wednesday 5th September and then asked for payment to guarantee your place.

Payment can be made via Paypal, cheque (made payable to Authors Abroad) or BACS transfer.

Please note that you will not be able to attend the course if you have not pre-paid.

Cancelling your place.

If you wish to cancel your place on the course please inform Yvonne as soon as possible. If you cancel before 5th September there will be no charge.

If you cancel after this date there will not be a charge if the class has sufficient numbers to run. However, if your cancellation is after 5th September and your cancellation brings the class to less than 15 attendees you will be billed £35 to enable the class to still run.