Monthly Masterclasses

Tackle a different subject each month and develop your creative writing skill set. These are indepth classes for those looking to take their writing to the next level. Each month follows the same format, with a masterclass, a writing and reading challenge, a focus group and a guest author Q&A. Classes take place on Zoom and class sizes are limited to allow plenty of time for questions and discussion.

October – How To Create A Compelling Opening to a Story

Friday 1st October 10am – Masterclass with Ali Harper. How to grab your reader – Hook, Line and Sinker (on Zoom – attend live or watch recording). After the class you will be emailed a writing challenge to create an attention grabbing opening

Friday 8th October – Reading Challenge – How do others do it? A reading exercise will be emailed to you with questions to consider.

Friday 15th October 10am – Focus Group – meet in small groups to discuss response to both writing and reading challenge (on Zoom – may be able to arrange a mutually convenient time with group.)

Thursday 28th October 6pm – Q&A session on theme with Ali and guest author – confirmed as Nick Quantrill, author of the Joe Geraghty series. (Attend live or watch recording).

November – Whose Story is it?

Friday 5th November 10am – Masterclass with Ali Harper. An indepth look at point of view, including the deep third. (on Zoom – attend live or watch recording). After class you will be emailed a writing challenge to develop a particular point of view

Friday 12th November – Reading Challenge – How do others do it? A reading exercise will be emailed to you with questions to consider.

Friday 19th November 10am – Focus Group – meet in small groups to discuss response to both writing and reading challenge (on Zoom – may be able to arrange a mutually convenient time with group.)

Thursday 25th November 6pm – Q&A session on theme with Ali and guest author – confirmed as Martyn Bedford, award-winning author of Flip and Acts of Revision. (Attend live or watch recording).

December – Character Arcs

Friday 3rd December 10am – Masterclass with Ali Harper. How to evidence character development through your story or novel (on Zoom – attend live or watch recording). After class you will be emailed a writing challenge to develop your story’s characters

Friday 10th December – Reading Challenge – How do others do it? A reading exercise will be emailed to you with questions to consider.

Friday 17th December 10am – Focus Group – meet in small groups to discuss response to both writing and reading challenge (on Zoom – may be able to arrange a mutually convenient time with group.)

Thursday 16th December 6pm – Q&A session on theme with Ali and guest author (TBC) (Attend live or watch recording). (PLEASE NOTE TO ALLOW TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS THE GUEST AUTHOR SLOT TAKES PLACE IN WEEK THREE THIS MONTH!)

Cost

For a single month – £55/£40.

For three months booked together £145/£100. You are welcome to pay monthly.

For further details or to book a place on a monthly masterclass please email: retreat_retreat@aol.com. Dates and times of all classes will be sent to you on booking. 

Previous guest authors include Helen Cross (My Summer of Love), Caroline Hulse (The Adults), Philippa East (Safe and Sound) and Charlotte Levin (If I Can’t Have You)