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Plotting Your Novel with Ian McHugh
Sat, May 13, 2017, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM AEST
Everything you need to plan your novel, and to keep from losing the plot.
Losing the plot is an occupational hazard for the new novelist. Keeping control of the length of your story, the pacing and dramatic tension, your cast of characters, knowing when to withhold and reveal information are all massive challenges in a novel-sized story. This workshop offers participants a kit of tools to help manage all these elements and help you avoid losing your plot.
The aims of the workshop are to provide participants with:
• practical tools you can use to plan your novels;
• tips for using these tools to get you back in control if you run into trouble; and
• help to find (or rediscover) the confidence to tackle a novel-length story.
The workshop exercises will focus on participants working through aspects of your own novel projects. So, if you have an idea for a novel but have been hesitant to start writing, or you're in the throes of writing one, or you're feeling defeated by your novel, this workshop will hopefully get you going / going again / back on track.
About the Tutor
Ian McHugh’s first success as a fiction writer was winning the short story contest at the 2004 Australian national SF convention. Since then he has sold stories to professional magazines, webzines and anthologies in Australia and internationally. His stories have won grand prize in the Writers of the Future contest, been shortlisted five times at Australia’s Aurealis Awards (winning Best Fantasy Short Story in 2010) and reprinted in year’s best anthologies. His first collection of short stories, Angel Dust, was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for Best Collection in 2015.