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Year of the Novel: Phase 2

Year of the Novel: Phase 2

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: 8 x Tuesday evenings; 5, 12, 19, 26 June; 3, 10, 17, 24 July, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

Phase two is all about putting flesh on the bones of your novel, giving your story depth and force and vigour by looking at structure, style and theme, and going deeper 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.

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.

Participant 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 was 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 novel An Isolated Incident, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2017.

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