Getting published

Course Dates: 20/07/20 - 24/07/20
Time: 13:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

So you've finished your novel. What's next? This short course provides guidance in submitting to agents and publishers, and helps you to tailor your work to maximise its potential in the marketplace.


What is the course about?

So you've spent the last few years slaving away on your novel, and now it's finally complete. But what should you do next? Try to get yourself an agent or submit directly to a publisher? What should you submit? hen and how? Can you send out work to more than one agent or publisher at a time? A synopsis! Help! What’s one of those? And how on earth do you write one?

On this short course, answers to these and other important questions are combined with guidance on how to shape and tailor what you submit in order to boost your chances of success.

What will we cover?

- What to do with a manuscript you think is finished.
- Structural editing, copy editing and other forms of revision.
- Online and other services for authors.
- Approaching agents and publishers.
- Crafting loglines, synopses and letters of introduction.
- What agents do and don’t do.
- The publishing process.
- Advances, agent’s fees, royalties.
- Self-publishing and variants thereof, marketing yourself and your work, social media,
- Strategies to increase your chances of getting published and/or getting an agent.

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

Improve your chances of getting published.

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

Ideally you will have finished or be far-advanced with a novel or other similar full-length piece of writing.

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

A variety of methods including discussion, exercises, question-and-answer and written tasks in class and as homework.

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?

Please bring writing materials.

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

If you feel your manuscript needs further work, you may wish to apply for one of our advanced critical workshops.

AAll students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for Build writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work 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.


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I wouldn't recommend it
There is not much feedback from the teacher
And it's a bit demotivating
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 31/07/2019)
For committed writers who want to publish their work, this course provides specific advice and training.
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Review by networker / (Posted on 26/07/2019)
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.

Book your place

Course Code: HW394

Mon+Wed+Fri, day, 20 Jul - 24 Jul '20

Duration: 3 sessions

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £99.00
Concession: £40.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.

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