Penguin novelist to help budding writers on course

Novelist Sue Walker
Novelist Sue Walker

BUDDING writers can learn from an experienced novelist on a course in Shoreham.

Shoreham Wordfest Fiction Factory, a ten-week course for writers of fiction, will be launched on March 25.

Novelist Sue Walker will be leading the course. She has extensive experience of running courses and workshops as a creative writing tutor and lecturer.

Her books are published by Penguin but before becoming a professional author, Sue worked for more than 20 years as an investigative television journalist.

Sue said: “This course is open to anyone in the region and will provide a supportive and nurturing environment for everyone, be they beginners or experienced writers.

“Throughout the course, everyone will have the opportunity to share their work and have it read and constructively discussed.

“I will lead these critiquing sessions and offer each writer advice on assignments and other pieces shared.”

Using group and individual work, the course will cover the basic building blocks of fiction, such as generating ideas, characterisation, plotting, structure, dialogue, research, location or setting, synopsis writing and marketing.

Sue added: “Above all, I hope that experienced writers can build on their current practice and that those new to writing fiction can develop the confidence to put their creative ideas into action.”

People on the course will have the chance to be part of a showcase event at Shoreham Wordfest in the autumn, and to have work published in this year’s festival anthology.

Sessions will be on Wednesday evenings, 7pm to 9pm, at Ropetackle Arts Centre, until June 24. There will be two ‘writing breaks’ for writers to consolidate their work.

Visit the Shoreham Wordfest website at for more details and a booking form, or email