The Shape of a Novel: a Masterclass with Jacob Ross

Award-winning author, Jacob Ross is widely regarded as one of the UK’s most exceptional creative-writing teachers and we are delighted to welcome him to New Writing South for an exclusive masterclass on novel-writing. 

Even the most experienced writers can sometimes stumble when approaching longform fiction, especially when it comes structuring a novel so the heart of the story powerfully shines through. What can we do as writers to make sure our narratives hold their shape and become publication-ready? In this masterclass, Jacob will guide us through the basic narrative principles as they apply to the development of the novel, examining the dramatic under-structure that upholds a successful work of fiction, and in doing so enable us to discover the right shape of novel for the narrative we want to create. 

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn direct from a master of the craft in your own space.

Suitable for writers working on or thinking about developing a novel, including those who are emerging and/or previously published

About Jacob Ross

Jacob Ross is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been a judge of the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize, Tom-Gallon Literary Awards and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. His short story collections include: Song for Simone, A Way to Catch the Dust and Tell No one About This. His crime fiction novel, The Bone Readers won the inaugural Jhalak Prize in 2017. His acclaimed first novel Pynter Bender was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Regional Prize, The Society of Authors ‘Best First Novel’ and Caribbean Review of Books ‘Book of the Year’. He is Associate Fiction Editor at Peepal Tree Press and is Editor and/or Associate Editor of numerous anthologies: including Turf, Closure, The Peepal Tree Book of Caribbean Short Stories, The Free Reads Anthology. Jacob is an Arvon tutor, and a reader, tutor and Member of the Advisory Board of The Literary Consultancy. His novel, Black Rain Falling, will be published by Sphere in 2020.

*Please note, this event was originally meant to take place in Brighton last April but was postponed due to Covid-19. It will now be online via Zoom with additional spaces  available to book. 

A limited number of bursary places are available. Contact us for more information.


28 November 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

£30 / £24 (Conc/NWS Friends)

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