Digital Taster Course: No False Starts

Fri 5 February 2021
Tutor / Richard Owain Roberts
Course Fee / From £9 per person
Genre / Fiction
Language / English

12.00 pm – 1.30 pm Friday 5 February 2021

Join The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize Winner 2020, Richard Owain Roberts, to learn how to write the perfect start for your novel. We will be looking at your first chapter, and how to demand the reader’s attention from the very beginning of your story. Your first chapter will set a template and tone for the rest of the book, and Richard will share tips and tricks to ensure that your reader is hooked from the first few pages. The workshop will last an hour, but time has been set aside to settle in at the beginning to ask questions, and for discussions with your fellow writers at the end.

The Tŷ Newydd taster courses series will offer a whistle-stop tour of various genres and themes in both English and Welsh, to continue to inspire your writing during the winter months. Participant numbers for each taster course will be capped at 16, and the course will be delivered through the video platform Zoom. We hope to welcome you to Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre when we reopen our doors, where we offer a programme of day-long, weekend and week-long residential courses at our beautiful house in Llanystumdwy.


Literature Wales aims to enable everybody who would benefit from a course at Tŷ Newydd to do so, regardless of income or level of experience, and writers on low income have been identified as one of Literature Wales’ target client characteristics. If you cannot afford the course fee, please contact us to enquire about one of our allocated free spaces. Please note that whilst we will try our very best, we cannot always guarantee a free space due to the high volume of applications expected.



Richard Owain Roberts

Richard Owain Roberts is the author of Hello Friend We Missed You (Parthian Books, 2020), winner of The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize for 2020, and described by The Guardian’s Sam Jordison as “Formally daring, very funny, and the gem of the shortlist.” Richard’s debut short fiction collection All the Places We Lived was published in 2015 by Parthian Books and later translated into Serbian, with the Serbian book tour being the subject of the forthcoming feature length documentary film ULTRA. Born and raised on Ynys Môn, Richard lives in Cardiff with his family.

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