Writing a Novel

Mon 16 September 2019 - Sat 21 September 2019
Tutors / Rebecca F. John & Tom Bullough
Guest Reader / Rachel Joyce
Course Fee / From £550 - £675 per person
Genre / Fiction
Language / English

The best novels provide an immersive experience for reader and writer alike. However, with so many strands to manage in the drafting stage, it is all too easy for the writer to become overwhelmed. Whether you are part way through a first draft or deep into a fifth, this course is designed to assist you in refining your own unique voice, deciding what form your novel should take, creating convincing characters and settings, and plotting and pacing in such a way that your reader is hooked from the opening lines. Most importantly, we’ll write and write and write, and move another step closer to The End.


Rebecca F. John

Rebecca F. John grew up on the south Wales coast. She holds a BA in English with Creative Writing, and an MA in Creative Writing. In 2015, her short story, The Glove Maker’s Numbers, was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, and she was named the winner of the PEN International New Voices Award. Her first short story collection, Clown’s Shoes, was published by Parthian in 2015 and her first novel, The Haunting of Henry Twist, was published by Serpent’s Tail in July 2017. It was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and selected as Waterstones’ Welsh Book of the Month in February 2018. In 2017, she was named on The Hay Festival’s 30 List, and her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Tom Bullough

Tom Bullough is the author of four novels – most recently Addlands (Granta Books, 2016), a story of seventy years on a Radnorshire hill farm, which was received to great acclaim in the UK and the US and, among other plaudits, received its own sermon in Westminster Abbey. His work has been translated into nine languages. At present, Tom is the RLF Fellow at Swansea University and a Visiting Fellow at the University of South Wales; he is three years into his fifth novel, A Bird Is Born Twice, and polishing a screenplay, Mr Burton, for Revolution Films. He has also worked as a sawmiller, a tractor driver, a Rough Guides contributor and a Zimbabwean music promoter. He lives in the Brecon Beacons.

Guest Reader

Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce is the author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2013), which was longlisted for Man Booker and published in over 30 languages; Perfect (2014), The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy (2015) and The Music Shop (2018), all published by Black Swan. She is also an established writer in radio and has written over 20 original plays for BBC Radio 4, dramatizing both classic and new novels, and has written a period drama for BBC television. She moved to writing after a twenty-year career in theatre, performing leading roles for the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, and Cheek by Jowl, and winning a Time Out Best Actress award.

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