Craft of Fiction: Form and Structure
Saturday 1 December 2018, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $195
Conc Member: $120
This one-day workshop, with one of Australia’s leading teachers of creative writing, Anthony Macris, is designed for intermediate to advanced fiction writers who wish to develop their skills in how to structure either a short story or longer fiction manuscript (novel or novella).
While many writers are successful in creating engaging characters and compelling story lines, they often struggle with how to create a strong underlying structure for their work. Key to this process is an understanding of the three key elements that are critical in structuring your work: point of view, time, and story/plot. A comprehensive understanding of these aspects of writing is of invaluable assistance in realising the full potential of story and character.
Through a series of presentations, practical exercises and small group activities, participants will learn more about these fundamental techniques; so important in making sure a manuscript has the clarity and readability that publishers are seeking.
Expected Learning Outcomes
- Participants will gain an understanding of how to create coherent times frames,
- Participants will know how to design a point of view schem
- Participants will be able to shape and sequence events into compelling story lines
Participants are asked to bring along four hard copies of an extract from a fiction work-in-progress of no more than 1,500 words. This will form the basis of some in-class exercises (time permitting).
About the tutor
Anthony Macris is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Technology Sydney. His best-selling memoir, When Horse Became Saw: a family’s journey through autism, was shortlisted for the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. His most recent book is Aftershocks: Selected Writings and interviews (UWAP 2019).