Residential Writing Week: Fiction
Transforming the everyday
For Stephen King, a story’s ‘impending shape’ is a fossil awaiting excavation. It exists intact beneath the sediments of the mind, an imprint of life waiting to be raised to the surface. Writing a novel can feel as if you’re trying to find that fossil on a lonely shore. It can be overwhelming, which means we often rush past the buried truths and discoveries our novels need to grow. How do we learn to be better excavators of our own work? How do we unearth the crucial elements and connections from the mounds of drafts, research, back-story and plotting?
Join Alison MacLeod as she guides you through an exploration of your novel-in-progress. Alison will help you to consider your novel afresh, and the promise that waits within it. You will identify the ‘lynchpin’ moments that give your novel structure and explore the power of setting within your story. You will excavate character, plot progression and sharpen your use of mystery, tension and revelation.
Writing a novel is an act of faith. It involves self-belief, openness and resilience. Join us for a little company in the struggle, and a guiding hand to help you lift your finished novel into the light of day. This Writing Day is suitable for writers of any genre of fiction with a work-in-progress.
Alison will offer advice on:
NB this day will not explicitly deal with established plot formulas sometimes used in genre fiction (ie crime, romance etc). It will be a broader exploration of how to form a narrative that is unique to each specific writing project. The guest for this day is Alexandra Pringle, the director Silk Road Slippers.
To make the event as accessible and flexible as possible, all sessions of the day are delivered live via Zoom meeting. You have the choice to attend each session live, which will mean you can contribute via the chatbox, or you can watch the recordings of each session at any time over the course of the following month.
As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, 50% concessions are available for this course at checkout.
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On the Day
10.00-12.30: Workshop One
13.30-14.30: Workshop Two
15.00-15.45: Guest speaker session with Alexandra Pringle
16.00-16.30: Final Q&A surgery session
Transforming the everyday
Cross the finish line (and make your novel shine)
Finding your voice
Nurture the writer waiting inside
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