The Unpredictable Plotter: Writing Fiction

Toni Jordan

Saturday 9 March, 10am-4pm

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

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Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, this practical fiction writing 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

  1. What is a two-pronged ending, and why do you need one?
  2. What is the relationship between character and plot?
  3. What is an inciting incident, and how does it determine the climax of your story?

Participant Requirements

  • 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. You might find it useful to bring a synopsis and/or a manuscript for reference if you have one (optional).
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