Mystery and suspense. In a recent survey readers were asked what they look for in a novel. Most answered, mystery and suspense. In this one day workshop we will explore ways of ratcheting up the suspense, and drawing out mystery. Simply put mystery can be summoned through raising questions in your story and delaying the answers. We humans are curious. It is this curiosity that drives fiction. We read, and carry on reading, because we want to find out what happens. So join us, for this October workshop, as the nights draw in, and we create a little mystery.
Where do you find ideas for stories? In our lives, our imaginations, our observations, and in old myths and legends and fairy tales. For November’s workshop we will mine the well of traditional stories and find inspiration here to create a new story. Perhaps you wondered what became of Snow-white, some years after her marriage. Or what happened to Persephone in those dark days under the earth. Or to re-tell Red Riding Hood from the hungry wolf’s point of view. There is such wealth in oral traditional storytelling. Ahead of this workshop it would be helpful to read a few folk and fairy tales, or myths and legends. And if there is one that intrigues you, bring it along. And together we will create new stories from old.
Don’t lose the plot! What is plot anyway, how many plot types are there, and does a story need plot? Put simply plot can be explained as character plus conflict equals plot. In this one-day workshop we will explore plot and spend time coming to grips with the core of the story. We will explore conflict. Does your story have enough of it? This workshop will be helpful for people writing a novel, in that it will help tighten your central story idea. It will also be suitable for people who would like to write a story, but as yet are not sure what to write about. So bring along your ideas for stories and we will put them to work.