433: Mini ‘Get Started On Your Novel’ Course with Jessica Ruston

Jessica RustonITEM: Have you always wanted to write a novel, but never been quite sure how to get started? Now’s your chance! Jessica is offering a mini ‘Get Started On Your Novel’ course, to be conducted over email. The course will contain notes on how to develop your idea, how to create compelling characters, and building your story.

You’ll be given three homework assignments which Jessica will give you personal feedback on.

And she’ll give you an email Q&A where you can pick her brains on writing fiction, non-fiction, scripts or journalism, as well as the publishing industry and what to do with your novel when you’ve finished it.

BIO: Jessica Ruston’s bestselling debut novel, LUXURY, was published in 2009 by Headline Review and was the winner of the Debut of the Year 2009 category at the Elle Magazine Literary Awards. LUXURY was followed by TO TOUCH THE STARS in 2011, THE DARKER SIDE OF LOVE in 2012 and THE LIES YOU TOLD ME in January 2013. She is the author of two non-fiction books.

Jessica’s journalism includes a weekly fiction serial for The Lady called COME FOR DINNER, features for Grazia, Red, Woman and Home, Glamour, Scarlet, the Guardian online and Mslexia, as well as book reviews for Mslexia, The Lady and The Spectator.

Jessica is currently writing her 5th novel as well as developing a number of projects for television, working with producers at ITV Studios and Red Planet Productions. Jessica is represented by Simon Trewin at William Morris Endeavor London and Mady Niel at 42 Management.

Jessica is the tutor for the popular beginners ‘How to Write a Novel’ Course run by The Writers’ Workshop. http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/, who she also critiques manuscripts for.

About Candy Gourlay

Growing up in the Philippines, Candy Gourlay wondered why all the books she'd ever loved didn't resemble her steamy, tropical home in Manila. As a result, it took her years to fulfil her dream of becoming an author – and years to learn that Filipino stories, too, belong in the pages of books. Her latest novel is BONE TALK, set in 1899 and told from the point of view of a boy from a headhunting village during the US invasion of the Philippines. She has just published her first picture book, IS IT A MERMAID – about a dugong who thinks she's a mermaid. Candy's other novels, TALL STORY and SHINE, have been listed for many prizes in the United Kingdom such as the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. Both novels won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and Tall Story was awarded the National Children's Book Award in the Philippines.


  1. Ru Atha

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    Don’t get me wrong, I feel this is a wonderful charitable event and I am bidding on an item and have already donated. I just would rather not get so many emails.


    Robert Roth

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