Plotting Your Novel with Alex Preston
10am - 4pm
£50 / £40 conc
Writers' Centre Norwich
Join Alex Preston for practical exercises on the mechanics of plot and the balance between delivering and tantalisingly withholding the traditional satisfactions of the novel.
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“Preston has an undoubted storyteller’s instinct; This Bleeding City is consistently engaging and zips along at a decent crack.” The Guardian
Has your novel’s plot taken a walk on the wild side?
Does your reader’s heart race too soon, too late, or - heaven forbid - not at all?
The greatest failing in first novels is an uncertain hand when it comes to plot, so allow two-time novelist and BBC Review Show panelist, Alex Preston, to lend his support.
About the Workshop
Alex will provide practical exercises to help you understand the mechanics of plot and the balance between delivering and tantalisingly withholding the traditional satisfactions of the novel.
Using Peter Brooks's excellent critical work Reading for the Plot, you’ll explore different ways of going about constructing novel plots, with regards in particular to pacing. By the end of the session, you’ll feel much more confident about the underlying architecture of your novels.
About the Author
Alex Preston’s first novel, This Bleeding City, was published by Faber and Faber in March 2010 in the UK, and across twelve further territories. It won the Spear’s and Edinburgh Festival first book prizes. Alex is a regular panelist on the BBC Review Show and writes book reviews for a number of national newspapers, as well as a monthly column for Epsilon Magazine in Greece. He studied English under Tom Paulin at Hertford College, Oxford, and is currently completing his PhD on Violence in the Modern Novel at UCL. His second novel, The Revelations, is out now.
Recommended pre-reading: Chris Cleave's The Other Hand and Colm Toibin's Brooklyn.
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About the Venue
This workshop will take place in the workshop room situated on the ground floor of the Writers' Centre Norwich office, on 14 Princes Street.
This room provides an ideal environment for creative thinking and learning with plenty of space and natural light.
14 Princes Street is fully accessible. Please let us know if you have any access or other special requirements.
You will be asked to send in advance: a plot outline with areas they are finding a struggle with plotting.
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