On Saturday, September 29, FantasyCon 2012 will be holding a series of Expert “Masterclasses” in the Sun Lounge area, situated behind the main bar in the Pavilion Bar at the front of the convention hotel. These sessions will run for approximately one hour, and cost just £5:00 per person per session. SEATING IS LIMITED TO FIFTEEN (15) PEOPLE PER SESSION, SO BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

Please note that you have to be a registered member of FantasyCon 2012 to participate in any of the Masterclasses, and registration will be taken on a first-come basis. We are sorry, but if you are unable to attend there are no refunds.

PLEASE NOTE:
FROM MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 WE WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR ANY MASTERCLASSES THAT HAVE NOT SOLD OUT. IF YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED, YOU CAN ENQUIRE AT THE REGISTRATION DESK WHEN YOU ARRIVE IF ANY SPACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE OR IF THERE HAVE BEEN ANY CANCELLATIONS.

10:00am to 11:00am

HOW AND WHY TO BLOG with MARC APLIN
Are you an author who wishes to climb the Social Media ladder? Are you a reader who feels the need to write about the books you’ve read? Well, a personal Blog could be an option for you. But, wait a minute, doesn’t everyone have one of those these days? Well, yes, that’s true – they do. However, not everyone who owns a Blog is achieving the thousands of hits they wish for or could be achieving. In this first Masterclass, owner of Fantasy-Faction, Marc Aplin, will delve into the reasons why people blog and, should you own one or be considering starting one up, how you can differentiate it, promote it and help it earn its place in those “favourite” lists.


11:00am to 12:00pm

WRITE, WRITE LIKE THE WIND! with M.D. LACHLAN
Have you always wanted to write a novel, but never managed to do it? Have you become bogged down with planning, world building, character development and plotting? In this fun, interactive workshop with M.D. Lachlan you will construct the plot for a novel within an hour, complete with characters and fully(-ish) built world.

1:00pm to 2:00pm

WRITING FOR TV with MARK GATISS
Join award-winning actor and writer Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who, Sherlock, First Men in the Moon, Crooked House etc.) for a Q&A session on writing for television.

SOLD OUT

2:00pm to 3:00pm

HOW TO GET AN AGENT with WILL FRANCIS
Join Will Francis, of Janklow and Nesbit Literary Agency, as he details why you need an agent, how to get one - and what an agent can do for you.

SOLD OUT

3:00pm to 4:00pm

THE EDITORIAL PROCESS with GILLIAN REDFEARN
Script doctor or project manager? What do editors really do? Why are they useful? How do you manage one successfully? And if you don’t want one, what must you do for yourself? Whether you’re a published, self-published or aspiring author – or for that matter just curious – this Masterclass with Gollancz editor Gillian Redfearn is intended to lift the veil a little on the editorial role and offer tips on both improving your manuscript, and on publishing it.

SOLD OUT

 

4:00pm to 5:00pm

WRITING COMICS FOR FUN AND PROFIT with TONY LEE
At a time when novelists are writing screenplays, comic writers are writing novels and screenwriters are writing comics, it’s a free-for-all for anyone wanting to write in any medium. But what are the rules of writing comics? What are the differences, and how can you overcome them? Join #1 New York Times best-seller and Eagle Award-winning writer Tony Lee in a workshop that not only shows you the nuts and bolts of how to write a comic script, but how writing that script can actually help you to become a screenwriter and novelist!

5:00pm to 6:00pm

WHAT MAKES A YA NOVEL A YA NOVEL? with WILL HILL
How do you pitch your work for a teenage audience? Is the process of writing and selling a young adult novel different to that of an adult novel? Join best-selling YA author Will Hill to discuss these issues, and more. Aimed at aspiring writers, this Masterclass will require attendees to bring a sample of their work with them, and will involve discussion of that work, in a group format, as well as advice on how to get your work noticed. Will Hill worked in publishing for many years before becoming a full-time writer, and he will discuss the process of querying and submitting from his experience on both sides of the publishing fence.





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