Masterclass: Plotting (Online)

Starting out | Fiction
One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

After eleven years directing our flagship Writing a Novel course, and helping over one hundred students gain publication deals, Richard Skinner has developed our new series of ten masterclasses. Covering the essential elements of fiction in his fullest, most impactful workshops, this series is perfect if you’re looking to sharpen your skills, improve particular elements of your writing, or aren’t able to commit to one of our longer courses.

What is the difference between story and plot? This workshop explores this question, so crucial to understand for any writer, new or otherwise. Using maps of the London Underground, Mike Figgis’s Dramatic Situations and a long plotting exercise, you’ll practise the art of how to lead a reader through a story.

29th November 2021

Availability: In stock

22 Places

6.30 p.m: Welcome and introductions

6.45 – 7.45 p.m: We will look at a series of examples to show the way in which plot ‘leads’ you through the narrative, whereas you merely ‘follow’ the story.

7.45 – 8.00 p.m: Break

8.00 – 9.00 p.m: Using a set of prompts, diagrams, dramatic situations & oblique strategies, you will spend this half of the evening plotting an entire novel.

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Richard Skinner is a novelist, poet and critic. His most recent book, The Mirror, was described...

"There's no point staring at a blank page waiting for inspiration to strike - to get your creative muscles working you need to start writing, reviewing and sharing your work."

Helen Shipman