01484 951108 office@huddlitfest.org.uk

01484 951108 office@huddlitfest.org.uk

01484 951108 office@huddlitfest.org.uk

Online workshop: Capturing a First Draft with Monique Roffey

£15.00

Date: Thursday 18 March 2021 at 1pm

Venue: Online via Zoom

A fantastic opportunity to take part in a workshop led by Costa Book of the Year Award-winner, Monique Roffey, in a small group of just 15 people.

What do you need to think about before you set out to write the first draft of a novel? This is your chance to get expert advice from the winner of the 2020 Costa Book of the Year Award, and senior lecturer at Manchester Writing School, Monique Roffey.

Monique will discuss the ‘process before the process’ of writing, ie research, plotting and building characters and thinking about motifs. In short, all the work you need to think about before setting out on your first draft. She will discuss drafting and word counts, and she will unpack a realistic process of how to capture a first draft of a novel. There will also be handout material from Orhan Pahmuk’s essay ‘What Our Minds Do When We Read Novels’. Come prepared to listen, take notes and ask questions.

This 90-minute workshop will take the form of a 30-minute talk followed by a Q&A and then a writing exercise.

This talk will take place on Zoom and we will email you a link prior to the event. If you haven’t used Zoom before, don’t worry! A guide to using Zoom will be up on our website shortly, along with a date for a free Zoom training session.

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Event Details

Date: March 18, 2021

Start time: 01:00 p.m.

End time: 02:30 p.m.

Venue: ONLINE

Phone: 01484951108

Email: info@huddlitfest.org.uk

Description

What do you need to think about before you set out to write the first draft of a novel? This is your chance to get expert advice from the winner of the 2020 Costa Novel Award, and senior lecturer at Manchester Writing School, Monique Roffey.

Monique will discuss the ‘process before the process’ of writing, ie research, plotting and building characters and thinking about motifs. In short, all the work you need to think about before setting out on your first draft. She will discuss drafting and word counts, and she will unpack a realistic process of how to capture a first draft of a novel. There will also be handout material from Orhan Pahmuk’s essay ‘What Our Minds Do When We Read Novels’. Come prepared to listen, take notes and ask questions.

The workshop will take the form of a 30-minute talk followed by a Q&A and then a writing exercise.

Monique Roffey was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and mostly educated in the UK. She is the author of seven books, five novels and a memoir. Four of her novels are set in Trinidad and the Caribbean region. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle (2009) was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2010 and the Encore Award in 2011. Archipelago (2012) won the OCM BOCAS Award for Caribbean Literature in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Orion Award 2014. House of Ashes, published in 2014, is a novel drawn from historical events and tells the story of a botched coup d’etat. It was shortlisted for the COSTA Fiction Award, 2015 and longlisted for the OCM BOCAS Award in 2015. The Tryst, a work of literary erotica, was published in July 2017 by indie press Dodo Ink. Her memoir, With the Kisses of His Mouth traces a personal journey of mid-life sexual self-discovery. She is a Senior Lecturer on the MA/MFA in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School, Manchester Metropolitan University, and tutor for the Norwich Writers Centre. Her seventh book, The Mermaid of Black Conch was published in April, 2020 and won the Costa Novel Award 2020.

Additional information

Date

18 March 2021

Time

1pm

Venue

ONLINE

Cost

£15

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