Approaching an agent

Course Dates: 16/05/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

This one-day workshop, designed for authors who have finished their manuscript, offers practical advice on finding and approaching a literary agent.


What is the course about?

Conflicting information across the internet can make finding and approaching a literary agent feel like a confusing process. This course offers insider insights, guidance and strategy on finding representation that will suit you and your work.

What will we cover?

- Researching respresentation.
- How do agents work?
- Common mistakes authors make.
- Tips for writing your cover email / letter.
- Tips for writing an attention-grabbing synopsis.
- What to do if you can't find the right agent for you.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand how agents work within the publishing industry.
- Understand where to look for literary agents.
- Understand how to select the right list of literary agents to approach.
- Understand how to best present your manuscript to a potential agent.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an advanced course targeted at writers who have finished their manuscript and are planning to submit to agents in the near future. This course might also suit students who have tried to find representation in the past but have been unsuccessful.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

A mix of group work, pair work, class discussion of best-practice examples and formal tutor instruction.

All writing courses at Build will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The first chapter of your manuscript and a draft synopsis would prove useful for you to make notes on throughout the session.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Build offer a range of writing courses that enable aspiring others to hone and polish their manuscript. Browse the writing section of our website to find the perfect course for you.

All students are invited to join us at Build Talks Back, our monthly performance night for Build writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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The course is a great introduction and general guideline
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Tutor Biographies
Neil Arksey

Neil Arksey has had a number of novels for children and young adults published by Penguin Random House. His writing has been shortlisted for and won a number of prizes. He was also part of the team that created the highly successful Little Robots TV pre-school TV series for the BBC as well as writing Kipper the Dog and other TV series for younger children. As screenwriter, story editor, consultant, head writer and series producer, Neil Arksey has been responsible for over a thousand episodes of TV drama. In the UK, he has worked on shows such as Crossroads, Family Affairs, Doctors, Mile High, and River City. And abroad, amongst other projects, he was head writer on Finnish TV drama Salatut Elämät, (Secret Lives) and series story producer on Jóban Rosszban, a hospital drama set and based in Budapest. Neil has also worked in script development for Freemantle and Global Drama Productions. He co-produced dark indie feature film, Run To Ground. In addition to working as a writer and producer, Neil has taught writing at several universities, colleges and film schools.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: HW423

Sat, day, 16 May - 16 May '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £24.00

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