Kathryn HeymanStart Your Novel in a Week

Intensive with Kathryn Heyman + guest Ross Grayson-Bell

Course fee: $1,200 (inc. GST)

Come with an idea.
Leave with the opening pages of your novel, and the inspiration you need to keep going.

Take part in intensive workshops designed to get you thinking about the main components of any novel - character, setting, voice, plot - and help you dive in to writing. Through a series of structured exercises, reading and discussion, you'll discover how to put everything you've learned into practice. On Thursday, Ross Grayson Bell, creative producer and adaptor of the international cult hit film Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt, will reveal the elements of classical narrative structure that make a story irresistible.

Then in the afternoons you'll have the opportunity to stay on and use the inspiring surroundings of Allen & Unwin's Terrace for dedicated writing time. And to cap it all, on Friday, a top editor and agent will share their views on what makes a great opening and catches a publisher's eye.

The course costs $1,200, and there are 15 places available.

The course includes:
• Five full days (Monday to Friday) from 10am - 4pm
• Regular tea and coffee breaks including snacks
• A copy of a recent A&U publication

2014 Student Testimonials

'Starting something is often the most difficult thing to do - this course has helped me strip away the fear and fogginess. Kathryn provided the tools to map out my novel - structure and tone - but also the inspiration to get going with it.' Rosemarie

'I found everything about it most helpful. Not only do I feel I have improved my technical skills as a writer, I feel refreshed and inspired - ready for the next adventure.' Tahlia

'A solid first step to chasing a dream.' Helen

'Kathryn explained the process of novel writing well and took away the mystique that this was beyond my capacity.' Robyn

'Thank you so much for the privilege of being part of this group.' Robyn

Course Schedule

Monday 19 October
10-11.30am - Introductions. Why do I write? What do I want to write?
11.30-11.50am - Break
11.50am-1.30pm - What are my themes? How to get a novel started...
1.30-4pm - Writing time

Tuesday 20 October
10-11.30am - Character: who is my protagonist?
11.30-11.50am - Break
11.50am-1.30pm - Subsidiary characters: who are they?
1.30-4pm - Writing time

Wednesday 21 October
10-11.30am - Place and setting; using memory, research and observation
11.30-11.50am - Break
11.50am-1.30pm - Dialogue, narrative, point of view
1.30-4pm - Writing time

Thursday 22 October
10-11.30am - Re-writing and redrafting
11.30-11.50am - Break
11.50am-1.30pm - More on Plot.
1.30-4pm - Writing time

Friday 23 October
10-11.30am - Structure with Ross Grayson-Bell
11.30-11.50am - Break
11.50am-1.30pm - Keeping going - motivation and planning
2.30-4pm - Eye-catching openings: agent and editor talk

Book soon to avoid disappointment.


About the Tutor

Kathryn Heyman is the author of five novels, most recently Floodline. She has won numerous awards including an Arts Council of England Writers Award, the Wingate and the Southern Arts Awards, and been nominated for the Orange Prize, the Scottish Writer of the Year Award, the Edinburgh Fringe Critics' Awards, the Kibble Prize, and the West Australian Premier's Book Awards. Her radio plays for BBC Radio include adaptations of her own work.

As well as being the Program Director for Faber Academy in Australia, Kathryn Heyman is the director of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program and a member of the Folio Prize Academy.

About the Guest

Ross Grayson Bell was the creative producer and adaptor of the international cult hit film Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt. He was a successful screen writer in London before returning to Australia in 2009 to take up a position as the Head of Screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. He remains active as a speaker, producer, screenwriter and script consultant.

Please note in the event of unforeseen circumstances, courses - including tutors and venues - may be subject to cancellation or change.