TLC Fiction Masterclasses

TLC Fiction Masterclasses
26 Oct 2019 at 10:00 am
25 Apr 2020 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%)

TLC is delighted to announce that we are reviving our popular TLC Masterclass series, delivered by world-class tutors to guide writers to achieve their maximum potential. To re-launch the series, 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 day will run from 10am till 4pm at the Free Word Centre, in the heart of Clerkenwell. Teas and coffees are included in the price.

Book all three masterclasses for £315+VAT (£72 saving) standard rate/ £255 concessions (£54 saving). Your discount will be applied automatically at check-out. The concessionary rate can be claimed by students, under 30s, unwaged, and those in receipt of Universal Credit.

“I’ve attended several writing groups over the years, with varying degrees of success, but can truly say that Shelley’s mix of teaching, work-shopping and provision of feedback is by far the best thought out and delivered approach I’ve experienced. She has also inspired me to work – to just get it done.” – TLC Masterclass Participant

Finding Your Muse: Inspiration and Invention
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.

Perfect for: Beginner writers, or intermediate/advanced writers with new projects.

Includes: Tea, coffee, practical and creative exercises, and bespoke feedback on your one-page synopsis, to help you articulate your creative idea and begin to commit to realising it.


Finding Your Story: Plot, Setting and Structure
Saturday 25th January 2020 10am-4pm

This workshop demystifies the construction of your story. It takes a hard look at causality, the engine that drives the narrative. By examining the motivation of characters, we understand what makes them strive; we also gain insight into the conflicts caused by obstacles in their path. We investigate some of the key plot compositions that inspire and echo the shaping of our stories, from Aristotelian underpinnings of story through to three- and five-act structures of conflict, escalation and resolution. Lively exercises turn theory into practice as we put narrative structure into action and explore the enormous impact of setting and time.

Perfect for: Writers with fiction works in progress.

Includes: Tea, coffee, all teaching, and feedback on a 2,000 (maximum) word extract of your writing.


Finding Your Voice: Putting Your Story On The Page, Sustaining Momentum
Saturday 26th April 2019 10am-4pm

You have invented and constructed your story. Your living, breathing characters, meticulously created, are striving for their destiny in the setting you have devised. Your narrative structure feels solid and workable. And now there’s the writing: the quest to find the words, the techniques, to tell your story to best effect – to get started, to keep going, and find the stamina to finish. This workshop looks at openings and endings; it offers tips to sustain momentum, to keep you interested and committed when the fiction seems to flag. Through discussion and exercises we’ll locate the heart of this complex activity that is the creation of fiction – and look ahead at opportunities to keep going, now that you have embarked on the adventure that is the writing life.

Perfect for: Writers who are nearing completion of or have completed a first draft of a creative writing project.

Includes: Tea, coffee, all teaching, and feedback on a 2,000 (maximum) word extract of your writing.


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.

About TLC Masterclasses

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. Whilst each is offered as a standalone course, all three have been designed together and therefore complement each other. If you would like to book all three, a series discount of 15% will be applied automatically for you at check-out. All Masterclass attendees are also entitled to a 10% discount on TLC manuscript assessment for work submitted within three months of the Masterclass. Places are strictly limited to 15 writers per Masterclass.