Write and edit a story or essay – two-day course

We had so much fun teaching Write and Edit a Story in 2017 that we’ve brought it back again this year. This time we’re not only dissecting the short story, but also the personal essay.

We all have different strengths and weaknesses as writers. For some, getting a first draft down is a necessary torture before the fun of editing begins. For others, editing is the agony after the ecstasy!

This two-day course is designed to get you both writing and editing, by combining dedicated creative time with an intensive tour through ways to improve your craft.

On day one, we’ll kick off by exploring ways to turn our ideas into full stories, whether we’re writing fiction or creative nonfiction, from getting first words down to finishing a draft. You will then have ample time and space (and tea and cake) to write, in the quiet company of fellow scribblers.

On day two, we will work through a series of editing approaches, which you will be able to apply to your own work. Think of these as a series of editorial experiments that will throw new light on plot, style, characterisation, setting, dialogue, openings and endings. We suggest that you bring your draft from the previous day (or another story or essay if you prefer), in multiple copy or on a laptop, so that you can test out approaches even if you choose not to apply all the editing techniques we teach in the session. We’ll discuss the results and share our work if we wish. Last year both Zoe and Lily shared a very rough draft of their own writing, to be pulled apart by the group, but it was a great learning curve for everyone. So we’ll most likely do this again as well. Eek!

You don’t have to come up with an idea on the spot. You might have an idea you’ve been wanting to write, or a piece you have already started. Please bring this with you, to draft on day one. For those who want a new idea, we’ll provide optional idea-generating material to get you going.

This course is suitable for both beginners and committed writers. For both those writing fiction and creative nonfiction. Whether you’re dabbling in your first short stories or personal essays, or you’re compiling a short story collection, or writing a memoir, we welcome you. By the end of the course we’ll endeavour to help you have a new draft of a story or essay, and a range of editing skills to help get it into shape.

To book a place: just email us at info@londonlitlab.co.uk

Course fee: Early Bird £195. Full fee £235

Date and Time: Weekend of June 16th and 17th, 10am-4pm

Location: Clapton Laundry, London – a luxurious, inspiring space in East London, where you will have plenty of space to spread out and find a quiet spot during the first day of writing. A home-cooked lunch will also be provided. For more info, look here.

Tutors: This course will be taught by both Lily Dunn and Zoe Gilbert of London Lit Lab. By leading workshops together, we are able to bring two perspectives to everything we teach, and therefore everything is up for discussion! Sharing our differing approaches to writing helps to create a richer learning experience, which we believe benefits everyone who comes on our courses. You can learn more about us here.

Writers who came on this course in 2017 said:

“It was great to force myself, distraction free, to write for a whole day. I learnt some really useful tips for editing and it was good to be able to apply them straight away.”

“Really positive and welcoming. Felt very supported and loved the exchange of ideas.”

“The editing part was so informative”

“Really good to get two perspectives from people who know their stuff!”

“Safe hands, lots of experience, good to have both a fiction and non-fiction writer.”

“Got a lot of work done in a lovely setting.”

“Nurturing, supportive, productive.”

“Does more than what it says on the tin!”

Places are limited. To book a place, CLICK HERE.

Please read our booking terms and conditions.

For more information about the course, or for alternative ways to pay, please contact us at info@londonlitlab.co.uk.

Discounted place

We have one free place on this course available for a writer who would struggle to pay the full fee. If you, or someone you know, would like to apply for this place, please write to us at info@londonlitlab.co.uk, by 30th May 2018. In no more than 200 words, please tell us why you would like to come on the course, what you write, and why a discounted place would be valuable to you. We won’t be fact-checking but we really want to give this place to someone who genuinely needs it, so please be honest. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.