Developing an Idea with Cecile Pin

A series of free workshops for writers who have just started or are planning to write a full-length fiction novel.

Image of Cecile Pin, a woman who smiles and sits relaxed with her hand rested on her crossed leg. She wears a white shirt and blue jeans. She has dark hair pulled up in a ponytail.

The Basics is a course designed for early-stage writers looking to make their first steps to write a novel. Spread over five weeks, the course will be run by four award-winning debut novelists and an experienced editor. Each session will standalone so you don’t need to sign up to each one to take part. They will also be recorded so you can catch up. 

In the second session, Cecile Pin, author of Wandering Souls, will cover the basics of developing an idea into a full-length fiction project. She will discuss how she developed her novel from the initial concept through to first draft and work through a series of exercises to help you develop your ideas and plan how you will write your novel. 

A note about this being free

This workshop is free to you. We ask that you only book a space if you are committed to attending. By doing this, you are supporting Spread the Word to continue to offer free workshops. If you have booked a place and can no longer attend, please get in touch to cancel your place on [email protected]. If you only want to receive the recording of this workshop, and don’t plan to attend, please do not sign up, but email us and we’ll send you the link.

Access Notice 

  • If you require BSL interpretation to take part, please email us at [email protected] by 15 May and we’ll try to secure BSL interpretation for you. Spread the Word will cover this cost.

  • We’ll send through any reading seven days in advance. We can create adapted handouts to writers attending our workshops and events by request.

  • If you have additional access needs or questions, please email us on [email protected]

About Cecile

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Cecile Pin grew up in Paris and New York City. She moved to London at eighteen to study Philosophy at University College London, followed by an MA at King’s College London. She previously worked in publishing. Her debut novel Wandering Souls was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for fiction, the Prix Femina Etranger, and shortlisted for the Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize.