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The fundamentals of fiction: A weekend creative writing course with Tim Lott

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As someone who is in the early stages of piecing together your fictional novel, you might feel like your head is beginning to spin. There are so many elements to take into consideration, and it can feel like you might never stop working on it - or that you’ll give up entirely.

In this informative workshop with acclaimed novelist Tim Lott, you will discover the two crucial ingredients to any work of fiction: character and plot. He will take you through why these two elements should take priority in your writing, and how to discover the people at the core of your story, and the decisions they will take that will carry this story.

Across the two days, you will examine the principles behind these fundamentals, getting to the root of what it means to create a convincing character, how to structure the action in order to keep your reader compelled, the difference between character and characterisation, and more.

Combining theory with coursework, this class with one of the masters of fiction writing, is suitable for writers of all ability levels, who are at any stage in their process.

You will be sent a link to the webinar 2hrs before the start time of 2pm (GMT).

Course content

  • Plot and character: their importance to any story

  • What defines a protagonist - and an antagonist?

  • Do your characters have to be likeable or relatable?

  • The three-act structure and how it works

  • Change and conflict

This course is for…

  • First-time writers and beginners with a novel idea, who need guidance in getting started

  • Writers who have produced works of fiction before, who want to refresh their skillset

Tutor profile

Tim Lott is the author of eight novels, in both in YA and literary fiction. His memoir, The Scent of Dried Roses, is a Penguin Modern Classic. He is one of the most sought-after writing teachers in the country, particularly through his personal mentoring services, and his writing has been highly praised by Hilary Mantel, Alan Bennett, Sebastian Faulks, Tony Parsons and Sarah Waters, among others. His students are equally enthusiastic - read their testimonials. His website is

You will be sent a link to the webinar 2hrs before the start time of 2pm (GMT).


Date: Saturday 20 November 2021 & Sunday 21 November 2021
2:00pm – 4:00pm (GMT)
Price: £199 (plus booking fee)
Event capacity: 38

2pm GMT | 3pm CET | 6am PT | 9am ET

This masterclass is available globally. If you are joining us from outside the United Kingdom, please use this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

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