What is the course about?
Agents and publishers don't have time to read through all the manuscripts they receive and consequently almost all ask for a synopsis. There is a lot of conflicting information about how to write a synopsis but on this one-day workshop students will be guided by an industry expert to make sure their synopsis is exactly what publishing professionals are looking for.
Nicola Doherty’s first novel ‘The Out of Office Girl’ was published by Headline in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Association Awards in the Romantic Comedy category. She has since published two more novels with Headline, and two YA books with Orion, most recently ‘Lola Offline' (2017). Her books have been translated into Italian, French, German, Polish and Turkish and have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. Before beginning her writing career, Nicola was a commissioning editor at Hodder & Stoughton. She now writes full time and also works as a literary consultant with Cornerstones.
City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.
What will we cover?
- What is the purpose of a synopsis?
- How to set the correct tone in your synopsis.
- Which key details should I include in a synopsis?
- What kind of language should I use in a synopsis?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the purpose of the synopsis to publishing professionals.
- Understand how to best present your synopsis to publishing professionals.
- Write part or all of your synopsis and receive feedback.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at experienced writers who have completed a manuscript they wish to send to agents and publishers.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through a mix of group work, pair work, class discussion and formal instruction from the tutor.
All writing courses at City Lit 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?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a range of courses for aspiring authors. Browse the writing section of our website to find the perfect course for you.
All students are invited to join us at City Lit Talks Back, our monthly performance night for City Lit 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.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details