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Have I got a novel in me? The transition from writing ELT to writing fiction
In 2015, after working in ELT for more than forty years, Ken Wilson enrolled on a Creative Writing MA course at Birkbeck College London, and subsequently published his first novel in 2021. In this talk, he will outline the main challenges faced by new writers of fiction, but also the advantages of coming from a background of writing for an ELT market, not least the fact that you've already had experience of the editorial process and, more important, you've had to deal with editors who may or may not be on the same wavelength as you. Ken will talk about the value or otherwise of doing Creative Writing courses, plus some thoughts on other useful professional development avenues, such as the writing workshops organised by the Guardian newspaper. Finally, some do's and don't's about the exhausting search for an agent and a publisher.

Jan 27, 2022 02:00 PM in London

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