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An exploration of how narrative is constructed.
Story structure explored. Benefits of generating a blueprint. Practical strategies for designing story frameworks and maintaining narrative momentum.
A spotlight on the stages a book goes through from being dreamt up to arriving in libraries and bookshops using Six Impossible Things as a case history. Topics: Case history, nuts and bolts of writing and publishing. Best session for larger groups. Can also be adapted to a more informal, discussion-based presentation for smaller groups.
The multi-tasking role of dialogue in fiction. Topics: What are the functions of dialogue? A forensic look at how dialogue works to develop character and story. Investigation, analysis, comparisons. What works, what doesn’t work, and why. Dialogue writing exercises.
The use of Cinderella in Six Impossible Things, and ways in which fairytales can enrich character and narrative. Topics: Case history looking at the use of Cinderella in Six Impossible Things. Looking at character development. Looking at fairytales as narratives. What makes them such enduring narratives? How can we use them in our own writing?