Storytelling Magic

Kate Forsyth

Saturday 23 June 2018, 10am-4pm

Full Price: $195
Member: $135
Conc. Member: $120

From the very dawn of time, humans have been telling each other stories – both true and invented – as a way to connect and educate, communicate and entertain. Understanding these ancient mythic structures and techniques can help writers imbue their own story with archetypal power.

In this full-day workshop, Kate will explore what makes a good story – characters that are sympathetic and believable, a compelling and relevant plot, a vivid setting, a strong beginning and satisfying ending, deft use of narrative building blocks, and memorable use of language. Along the way, Kate will illuminate the Hero’s Journey and other traditional story structures, the difference between stereotypes and archetypes, and the importance and purpose of rhythm and pace.

Participants will have time to work on their projects in class, but will not receive independent feedback due to time restrictions. Participants will be asked to share a single sentence that describes their work to the class.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  1. Practical techniques to build characters, plot and setting, and to control pace
  2. Deeper knowledge of mythic archetypes and storytelling patterns
  3. A new understanding of their own work and how to improve its storytelling qualities

Participant Requirements

Participants must have a first draft of a novel manuscript. Please bring pen and paper, highlighters, a single sentence to summarise work-in-progress, a one-page synopsis and the first 10,000 words of the novel manuscript. Participants will not be asked to read out their work but will work on their synopsis and manuscript privately in class.

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