Masterclass: Plot Sydney (limited places left)

ASA offices, C1.06, 22-36 Mountain St, Ultimo, NSW, 2007

Date & Time
Saturday 6 May 2017. 10.00am- 4.00pm

Member price $295.00 Non-members $460.00 (GST included) |

A highly structured masterclass for published writers already working on a novel, or with one in mind. Ideal for writers of non-fiction wanting to make the leap into fiction, for short story writers wanting to write a novel, or for emerging novelists, this one day masterclass will focus on the skills and approaches particular to the novel. Using intensive writing exercises, you'll find your way to the heart of your novel, developing an understanding of character, story, style and – most importantly – structure. How does one create a character who will lead the novel? What are the crucial questions that you need to address? Group discussion, writing exercises focused tightly on your novel, laughter and the opportunity to really stretch yourself will characterise this course. At the end of the day, you will know what you need to make your novel really sing.

Applicants will be asked to submit a brief outline of their writing history and their current fiction project.

Course includes light lunch and refreshments.

About the presenter

Kathryn Heyman is the author of six novels. She has won numerous awards including an Arts Council of England Writers Award, the Wingate and the Southern Arts Awards, and been nominated for the Orange Prize, the Scottish Writer of the Year Award, the Edinburgh Fringe Critics' Awards, the Kibble Prize, and the West Australian Premier's Book Awards. She taught Creative Writing for the University of Oxford, is the Fiction Program Director for Faber Academy and directs the Australian Writers Mentoring Program. A former Senior Judge of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, she is a newly elected member of the Folio Prize Academy. Her latest novel, Storm and Grace was published in February 2017.

“The structure of the Curious Incident owes a great deal to Kathryn Heyman, with whom I was teaching a course some years ago. She was talking to the students about structure… as she spoke, the heavens opened, angels sang..”
Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

“Kathryn is an inspirational and charismatic teacher. With her trademark energy, humour, and knowledge of structure, she encouraged me to ask the hard questions, and to find the answers.”
Jane Rusbridge, The Devil’s Music (longlisted for Impac International Award)

“I would not have published my short story collection, nor won my BAFTA, without her influence.”


Intermediate to Advanced

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