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Activities at Atsitsa Bay, Greece

How to Build a Novel with DJ Connell

Sun 5 - Sun 12 Sep 2021

We will examine the novel from a structural perspective, breaking it down into the elements of a good story. You will learn how to plan your novel and how to build its chapters along the bones of a narrative arc.

This course is about demystifying the process and about giving you practical skills to construct a compelling book with vivid characters. You will be guided and encouraged within a positive and supportive group environment. There will be daily exercises to stimulate creativity and to provide you with the confidence to power ahead with your novel. 

Key benefits:


What's included?

DJ's course is held in Atsitsa Bay on Skyros island in Greece and is part of the wide range of courses and activities available. The holiday includes full board twin shared accommodation in an eco-hut. Single upgrades and twin shares in the house are available. Chat through the website, call +44 (0)1983 86 55 66 or email to discuss your requirements. Find out more about this holiday here.

About DJ Connell

DJ Connell was born in New Zealand and has lived and worked in various countries including Australia, Japan, France and the UK. She began her writing career as a newspaper journalist and also wrote for the international non-profit field and advertising before becoming a novelist.

Her first novel ‘Julian Corkle is a Filthy Liar’ was published in the UK by HarperCollins and was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and the Not the Booker Prize. It was also published in France by Editions Belfond. Optioned by Sarah Radclyffe Productions and Macgowan Films, the novel was adapted for screen by Mark Herman, Jonathan Entwistle and Rachel Hirons. Production on the feature film (directed by MJ Delaney) is scheduled for 2019.

DJ Connell’s second novel ‘Sherry Cracker Gets Normal’ was also published by HarperCollins with foreign editions published in France and Germany by Editions Belfond and Rowohlt Verlag, respectively. 

DJ Connell recently moved from London to Sydney. Find out more about DJ Connell here: 

​What people say about DJ Connell and her courses:

Excellent writing class.

Fantastic teacher, joyful, relaxed ad determined to bring out the best in us all. She kept the group giving and exploring and working hard but for a good reason as she found gold in us all. 

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