Novella Workshop

The Novella – A Workshop for Writers

Date: Sat October 25th, 10.00am – 4pm with a break for lunch (bring your own or visit the Oriental Museum café)

Venue: Teikyo University of Japan – Durham City – opposite the Oriental Museum. Free car parking.

Tutors: Avril Joy  & Wendy Robertson

Cost: £40.00

This year Manchester Metropolitan University launched a new international prize for novellas aimed at e-book readers in search of good short reads. As a form the novella – longer than a short story but shorter than a novel – is enjoyable for all book lovers and nowadays is a popular literary form for readers on the move who are using tablets and e-readers. It is perhaps no surprise then that the novella is currently experiencing a renaissance among readers and is drawing the attention of writers particularly in the world of self-publishing and indie books.

Historically many critically acclaimed ‘novels’ have taken the true form of the novella without being acknowledged as such. *(See below) We will discuss this in our workshop where we will introduce the novella as an emerging form and a bridge between writing short and longer fiction. We will explore the nature of the novella, including questions of length and of what distinguishes it from the short story and the novel.

Writing a novella is an accessible and enjoyable project for both experienced and new writers. To facilitate this we will explore starting points, structure and planning, and you will spend time writing the first chapter of your novella as well as leaving the workshop with a clear writing plan for the coming months.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and experienced writers.

To sign up for the day on line and pay via paypal PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK  When you’ve paid please email  your details, name and address to and we will confirm your booking by email.

or To sign up for the workshop: Please send a cheque for £40.00 made out to RoomtoWrite, to:
Gillian Wales, RoomtoWrite, Briarhurst, Byron Avenue, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham DL14 5AP

Please include a covering letter with your name, full address and email address if you have one. We will notify you of your workshop place by email. If you  are not on email please include a S.A.E. with your application.

Early Booking is Advised as Places are Limited

Looking forward to seeing you there

*The novella, or short novel, is a form that has given us classic works such as: Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, and Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain.

Other well-known novellas include: Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan, Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson, Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck, On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan, The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes, Death in Venice -Thomas Mann, The Turn of the Screw – Henry James, Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton, The Dying Animal – Philip Roth, The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells, The Third Man – Graham Greene, Three Blind Mice – Agatha Christie, A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens…

We recommend you read widely from the above list if you are attending the workshop.

To listen to Avril and Wendy talking about the novellaclick HERE

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