Welcome to the Novel Writing Course!
This course is all about giving you the tools to start writing. Throughout, we will look at different aspects of writing.
We will examine the basics: genre, character, use of language, viewpoint, among other things. We will look at specific techniques – repetition, foreshadowing, building tension, etc – as well as writing prompts.
I find I write most when I’m inspired by other people’s art. Therefore, we will look at extracts from novels, poems and music to inspire you to put pen to paper.
By the end of the course you will have at least the first chapter of your novel completed. You will feel confident and encouraged to continue with your project, referring to your arsenal of tools or your toolkit as it will become known.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever heard is “in order to write you must read a lot and write a lot.” We will be doing just that.
Now, I’d like you to tell you a bit about me. My name is Thomas. I’ve been a teacher at Intrepid English for over three years. I graduated with an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick. I spent two and a half months in Milan, completing my masters, on an Erasmus grant. My short stories, essays and poetry have been featured at Best Scottish Poems 2019, The Amsterdam Quarterly, The Glasgow Review of Books, Counterpoint, Butcher’s Dog, And Other Poems, Ink Sweat & Tears, Litro, The Stockholm Review of Literature, fourteen poems, among others.
I was a writer in residence at Arteles, Finland, in 2017. I have collaborated on poetry projects with St. Fagan’s, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Warwick Arts Centre and Birmingham’s Pen Museum. I have been the Head Editor, Deputy Editor and a Freelance Editor at a number of publications.
In 2019 my debut poetry pamphlet empire of dirt was published by Red Squirrel Press. It was part of the Poetry Book Society’s Summer Selections. In 2020 I was high commended in the Verve Poetry Competition and my work was later published in the anthology, We’ve Done Nothing Wrong, We’ve Nothing To Hide (Verve Poetry Press).
Fun fact: I have to write every day in some form. Whether that be in my journal, a note about my novel, a line for a poem or a simple thought, I must write. If I don’t, my fingers become itchy or my mood changes.
I believe writing is about questioning, exploring and experimenting. And in this course, we will do just that.