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Year of the Novel Phase 2 - sold out!

Year of the Novel Phase 2 - sold out!

This course is now sold out. Please email us your name and phone number and we will add you to the waiting list.

Who: Emily Maguire
When: Phase Two: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 6, 13, 20, 27 June; 4, 11, 18, 25 July, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost per Phase: Full Price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530
Level: Students should be prepared to come to the first class with a specific work-in-progress or idea for a novel.

We’ll put some flesh on the bones of your novel-in-progress, looking at structure, style and theme, and going deeper still with character, voice and plot. As we approach the year’s half-way mark we’ll also talk about how to stay focused and motivated to see this thing through to the end.

Throughout, Emily will use examples from classic and contemporary fiction and from students’ work-in-progress to explore the topics covered, and guest speakers will share their insights to further expand your understanding of how published writers do what they do.

(Please note that this is one phase of a year-long course. Though the three phases are designed to build on each other, each may also be taken as a stand-alone unit.)

1.  Workshopping what needs to be done
Whether you’re back from the break after Phase One, or starting with us for the first time, this is a week to take stock of your work in progress.

2.  Structure
Structure is what turns a collection of scenes into a satisfying novel. We’ll talk about scenes and story arcs, and look at some common structural templates.

3. Character: going deeper
Avoiding stereotypes, identifying archetypes, writing across gender and cultural lines and making full use of minor and supporting characters.

4. Advanced plotting: the relationship between character and plot
Is your character mostly pulled through events by twists of fate or is your plot driven by choices your character makes? We’ll look at how integrating character and plot development makes both elements stronger.

5. Suspense, story questions and narrative drive
This is where we ask ourselves: how am I going to keep the reader turning pages? We’ll look at backstory, time-jumps, transitions and pacing.

6. Voice, tone & style
What is voice and how do you find, or develop, yours? What’s the relationship between voice and tone? We’ll talk about metaphor, imagery and finding the exact right word every time.

7.  Theme
Luminous prose and brilliant construction may make a story nice to read, but without theme the reader is left thinking ‘so what?’ This week we’ll see how identifying theme can help a writer turn a good story into a moving and memorable one

8.  Forging on
We’ve been working on our novels for over half the year by now. It’s time to talk about smashing writer’s block, pushing through frustration and dealing with doubt.

Student Requirements
Pen and paper

About the Tutor
Emily Maguire
is the author of five novels and two non-fiction books, and an experienced teacher and mentor to young and emerging writers. Her novels have been translated into 12 languages and her articles, essays and reviews have been published widely. She is a 2010 and 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year and the recipient of the 2011 NSW Writer’s Fellowship. Emily has served as Writer in Residence at the Djerassi Artists Program in Northern California (2009), as an Asialink Literature Resident in Vietnam (2008) and the Nancy Keesing Resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2014). Her latest book is the novel An Isolated Incident.

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