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The Unpredictable Plotter with Toni Jordan

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Gorman House 55 Ainslie Avenue

Braddon, ACT 2612

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Your novel-in-progress might have a fine voice and terrific characters, but what on earth is going to happen? A surprising and riveting plot is one of the best ways to keep your reader turning the pages. Plot shouldn’t be a creative afterthought: instead, it’s an intrinsic part of your manuscript, which interweaves theme, pace, character development and voice.

Plot must have a relationship with the protagonist’s conflict, so Toni will begin by analysing your protagonist in depth. You’ll also unpick your theme, discuss genre conventions and decide on the nature and quality of your ideal ending, which will generally be two-pronged. Toni will work with writers on specific plot points like the inciting incident, crisis and climax, and then discuss where they should sit, architecturally, in relation to your story. The workshop will wrap up up with discussion of various helpful models, like the three-act structure and Hauge’s six-act structure. Expect lots of writing.

Toni Jordan is the author of five novels. The international bestseller Addition was a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Fall Girl was published internationally and has been optioned for film, and Nine Days was awarded Best Fiction at the Indie Awards, was shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award and was named in Kirkus Review’s top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Our Tiny, Useless Hearts was shortlisted for the Voss Literary Prize 2017 and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2018. Toni’s latest book is the literary mystery The Fragments. She lives in Melbourne.

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