Alison May is a novelist and short story writer. She has published five romantic comedies, and has two commercial women’s fiction novels coming out in 2018. Alison’s novella, Cora’s Christmas Kiss, was shortlisted in the short fiction categories at the RoNA and Love Stories Awards, and she’s a former winner of the RNA’s Elizabeth Goudge Trophy. She’s also a qualified teacher, specialising in working with developing authors, and is currently Vice-Chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Alison has taught creative writing workshops and courses in further and higher education and for a wide-range of writing groups and festivals. www.alison-may.co.uk
Writing Popular Fiction
Developing a novel from the original idea to a completed manuscript is no mean feat, and it can be a very solitary process. This course offers a chance to share the experience with other writers and experienced tutors. You will develop the building blocks for your novel looking at plot, character, setting and point of view. Tutorials and exercises will help you cultivate the skills to complete and polish a manuscript to a publishable standard. The tutors will look at your work and offer constructive advice on avoiding plot holes, saggy middles and other writing pitfalls. We will also discuss today’s rapidly changing publishing world, and how to get your book in front of agents, editors and readers. The course is suitable for writers across any genre, whether you are just starting to pursue your writing goals, or already have a manuscript nearing completion. There’ll be a mixture of group workshops, discussions, one-to-one tutorials, and lots of time to write.
Former television journalist Janet Gover is the author of ten novels and dozens of short stories. Janet writes commercial women’s fiction and romance, with the occasional foray into fantasy. She has won, or been shortlisted for awards in the UK, US and Australia, including the Epic Romantic Novel Award, which she won in 2017 with Little Girl Lost. Janet grew up in Australia and although she now lives near London, she often returns to Australia in her writing. She will confess to being something of a computer geek, and is a Master Instructor and software specialist working with TV stations and film makers around the world. Janet loves teaching and leads workshops at writing conferences in the UK and abroad. www.janetgover.com
Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, and including programmes like BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour before moving on to Radio 2's The Steve Wright Show. In 2013 Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 Romantic Novelist Association's Joan Hessayon Award for debut novel. It also won the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. She signed with Headline publishing and has gone on to write five more feel good fiction books with them and three novellas.