The Secret Life of Novels

The Secret Life of Novels
6 Nov 2018 at 06:00 pm
6 Nov 2018 at 08:15 pm
Free Word Centre
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road,
Clerkenwell
London
£15/ £12 concessions

The Secret Life of Novels

The Drafting Process Uncovered

The creative process is often presented as mysterious, even alchemical. Novels arrive on bookshelves as if they were always whole and perfect. What is kept hidden from view? And what is the effect of keeping that process – the scenes from the cutting room floor, the false starts, the dead ends and failed drafts – hidden? How does this impact  our relationship with literature, and how does it affect how we, as readers and writers, measure creative success?

At this special evening event, part of Free Word’s wide-ranging ‘This Is Private’ programme season, we invite three novelists at the top of their game to speak about their creative process. Through a series of presentations, and an open discussion, we will shine a light on the secret life of novels, and explore the evolution of a book from first idea to final draft. We invite you to take a look at notebooks, graphs, sketches and scribbles, as we lift the lid on creativity itself and get under the skin of the most private part of the writing process. This event will be the inaugural offer in TLC’s new ‘Secret Life of…’ series, featuring a range of novelists, poets and other writers speaking and presenting on writing and writing craft.

Special guests to be announced. Booking open August 2018.