Finding Your Muse: Inspiration and Invention

Finding Your Muse: Inspiration and Invention
26 Oct 2019 at 10:00 am
26 Oct 2019 at 04:00 pm
Free Word Centre
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road,
£125+VAT/£100+VAT concessions; £315+VAT, £255+VAT for all three (saving 15%)

Finding Your Muse: Inspiration and Invention
A TLC Masterclass

Saturday 26th October 2019 10am-4pm

How do we find – or recognise – the tiny seeds of ideas that have the potential to flourish into a fully-formed piece of fiction? How do we invent characters with the depth and capacity to move and engage a reader and to ignite a story? Using practical writing exercises and inspiring prompts, author and tutor Shelley Weiner demonstrates how imagination, psychological insight, and skill are vital components in the foundations of fiction. Come with your creative ideas and find out how to create a sound premise and a clear vision for your writing project. Crystallise nascent ideas, discover new ones, and road-test them in a safe, supportive, and playful environment.

This workshop is perfect for beginner writers, or intermediate/advanced writers with new projects. Please bring along a one-page synopsis, which we will workshop together, to help you articulate your creative idea and begin to commit to realising it.

“So helpful and inspiring. As a first-time prose writer, Shelley has given me the confidence to continue writing”

What we will cover in this one-day intenstive workshop…

Ideas and where they come from: exploring sources of inspiration, with hints and guidance for when inspiration fails

From ideas into stories: a practical look at the process of beginning to commit ideas to the page, with a creative writing exercise

Invention of character: How do we get character from abstract idea to living breathing characters, whose motivations and experiences are central to the reading process

Bringing your characters to life: Talking about it is one thing; the challenge is to make your characters exist on your page and in the imagination of the reader. Here’s how it is done.

Creating a believable setting: With a writing exercise to illuminate the process.

Ideas Incubator: The opportunity to workshop your ideas in a group setting, working together to find ways to nourish and cultivate them into viable pieces of fiction.

Two free tickets to this TLC Masterclass are available to writers on low-income, with priority given to those from groups currently under-represented in publishing. Please email us at to apply in confidence.

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About TLC Masterclasses

Trusted TLC assessor, novelist and writers’ mentor Shelley Weiner has designed three individual one-day intensive workshops especially for TLC, critically engaging with essential elements of fiction and working with Shelley’s patented model of teaching craft ‘from the inside out’. Each Masterclass runs from 10am till 4pm at the Free Word Centre, in the heart of Clerkenwell. Teas and coffees are included in the price. You can book any single Masterclass, or book all three for an automatic 15% discount (applied at checkout).

TLC Masterclasses are for writers just starting out, or those with a specific writing project in mind and with a determination to see that project through to a more cohesive, coherent end product. Each Masterclass offers a holistic deep dive into elements of craft, with practical exercises and inspirational examples drawn from a wide range of sources. This special series of three Masterclass offerings has been built to be accessible either individually or as a complementary suite, with a series discount of 15% available (applied automatically at check-out). You can find links to each Masterclass below.

About the Tutor

Shelley Weiner is the author of five novels, and a respected creative writing tutor with a passion for nurturing writers at all levels. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies in print and online, and have been produced for BBC Radio 4. Shelley has run masterclasses for the Guardian, Faber Academy, Gold Dust Mentoring Scheme and Skyros Writers’ Lab, and has lectured on the Creative Writing MA at Anglia Ruskin University, as well as for Birkbeck College, the Open University, the Taliesin Trust, the British Council in Israel, and Durham University. She is passionate about guiding and enabling writers at all stages of their writing journeys. She is an Advisory Fellow at the University of Westminster.

Also in the TLC Masterclasses Series…

Finding Your Muse: Inspiration and Invention
Finding Your Story: Plot, Setting and Structure
Finding Your Voice: Putting Your Story on the Page, Sustaining Momentum