First Novelprintversie

All professional writers get asked the question ''Where do you get your ideas from?'' Writing a novel means making a series of decisions about things like structure, point of view, genre, setting, time and place. We''ll look at what the implications of these choices might be for your first novel. What makes a page-turner rather than a series of events, introduce you to the idea of archetypal plots, and look at the roles of pacing, hooks and conflict.

The course

This week you’ll be drafting and developing ideas; learning to read as a writer, establishing good writing habits; and fleshing out concepts through titles and outlines. You’ll also be creating convincing characters that will excite readers. You''ll build a character, discuss successful characters, brainstorm how to develop your characters, and think about how character and plot interact - an issue that lies at the very heart of a strong narrative.

Admission level
Everyone is welcome.


This course will be in English.


Every week ends with a presentation on Friday evening. Every course (theatre, writing, dance, photography ec) will present what they have worked on this week. Firstly for the other summer participants, if there’s enough space, it might be possible to invite people. We start at 7 PM. Make sure you can attend this evening, you don’t want to miss it!


On Monday evening you can stay after the course for dinner. On Wednesday afternoon, you can choose from several short workshops to try out something new. All these activties are not required. For more information, look at the left column under the courses on the summer course tab.