The Unpredictable Plotter
Saturday 9 March, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $195
Conc Member: $120
Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, this practical workshop with Toni Jordan will have your characters twisting and turning.
Your novel-in-progress might have a fine voice and terrific characters, but what on earth is going to happen? A surprising and riveting plot is one of the best ways to keep your reader turning the pages. Plot shouldn’t be a creative afterthought: instead, it’s an intrinsic part of your manuscript and interconnects with theme, pace, character development and voice.
Plot must have a relationship with the protagonist’s conflict, so we’ll begin by analysing your protagonist in depth. We’ll also unpick your theme, discuss genre conventions and decide on the nature and quality of your ideal ending, which will generally be two-pronged. In the afternoon, we’ll work on specific plot points like the inciting incident, crisis and climax. Once we work out what they should be in terms of your particular story, we’ll discuss where they should sit, architecturally. We’ll finish up with discussion of various helpful models, like the three-act structure and Hauge’s six-act structure. Expect lots of writing exercises. You’ll also be required to explain your characters’ motivations to the group and nut out the implicit promises you’re making to readers.
Expected Learning Outcomes
- What is a two-pronged ending, and why do you need one?
- What is the relationship between character and plot?
- What is an inciting incident, and how does it determine the climax of your story?
- Pen and paper or preferred device for writing. Please ensure your device is charged.
- Students will be required to know their plot and characters thoroughly. They might need to bring a synopsis and/or the full manuscript for reference.
About the tutor
Toni Jordan’s debut novel, the international best-seller, Addition, was published in 2008, chosen for the Richard and Judy Bookclub and longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. She is also the author of Fall Girl, which was published in Australia, the UK, France, Germany and Taiwan and has been optioned for film, and Nine Days, which […]