Writing Fiction: Refining and Editing

Mon 12 August 2019 - Sat 17 August 2019
Tutors / Mavis Cheek & Stephen May
Guest Reader / Darcy Nicholson
Course Fee / From £ per person
Genre / Fiction
Language / English

Fresh insights on your manuscript together with the space and time to work on it. Sounds good, doesn’t it? This course will help you look at your work anew − to think about what to cut, what to add, and what should be left alone. Do the characters work? Does the plot hang together? What about the pace? The voice? The structure? You’ll look at your writing candidly and learn to be firm with it. Through stimulating workshops and supportive tutorials, we’ll help to give you the tools to reinvigorate and reboot your work.


Mavis Cheek

Mavis Cheek began her writing life with journalism and travel writing and later her short stories featured in magazines and collections. In 1988, her novel, Pause Between Acts, was published by The Bodley Head and won the She/John Menzies First Novel Prize. She has been called Jane Austen in modern dress and the Godmother of women’s comic fiction. She has published sixteen novels and her short stories are published in various collections.

Stephen May

Stephen May is the author of four novels including the Costa Novel Award shortlisted Life! Death! Prizes! (Bloomsbury, 2012) and the Wales Book of the Year longlisted TAG (Cinamon Press, 2009). His latest novel is the acclaimed literary thriller Stronger Than Skin (Sandstone Press, 2017). He has also written for the theatre, for television and has published creative writing textbooks.

Guest Reader

Darcy Nicholson

Darcy Nicholson is a Commissioning Editor at Transworld Publishers (Penguin Random House). Darcy works across commercial fiction and non-fiction; her list is varied but at the heart of each book she publishes you’ll find pace, heart and a brilliant pay-off.

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