Sophie CunninghamPlot & Structure

with Sophie Cunningham

Saturday 13 October 2018

Allen & Unwin - Melbourne
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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Course fee: $295

This workshop will hope to answer, or at least open up for consideration, a range of pertinent questions. What are the different types of plot? Do you even need one? How do you find a plot if you want one but they're not your thing? How do you maintain intensity and momentum with varied pacing?

While plot is related to structure they operate independently, so consideration will also be given to the ways in which they should both support and develop the other. How do you find the right structure for your novel?

Finally there will be a discussions of character and dialogue and the way they work together and towards particular plot lines and particular structures.

The workshop will combine discussion and exercises to help you find a way towards your own answers to these questions.

The workshop includes:

• One full day's intensive tuition from 10am - 4pm
• Lunch and regular tea & coffee breaks
• A complimentary copy of a recent A&U publication
• On completion of the course, alumni discounts on future Faber Writing Academy courses and books from the Allen & Unwin website

Book soon to avoid disappointment.


Testimonials from last year's Plot & Structure workshop:


‘Sophie is excellent. Approachable, clear and concise, insightful.’ Sally

‘Thanks for a great day out in a roomful of likeminded people and a building full of books!’ Marianne

‘It has broadened and deepened my ideas.’ Anita

‘I found the exercises really helped to unlock some details and depth in ideas I’d been considering.’ Georgie

 ‘It really helped me clarify my thinking about how to make all elements of my novel work… Sophie was really generous with her ideas and I found her clear in communications and conveying quite complex concepts.’ Jenny


About the Tutor

Sophie Cunningham is the author of two novels, Geography (2004) and Bird (2008), and two non-fiction works, Melbourne (UNSW Press, 2011) and Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy (2014). Warning was longlisted for the 2014 Walkley Book Award and the 2015 Kibble Literary Award. She is a former editor of Meanjin and former chair of the Australia Council's Literature Board. Sophie was awarded the 2015 Calibre Prize for her essay, 'Staying with the Trouble.'

She is currently working on her third novel, This Devastating Fever, about Leonard Woolf's years in Sri Lanka, and a book of nonfiction called #treeoftheday. She is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University (non/fiction Lab), in the School of Media and Communication at the College of Design and Social Context.

Please note in the event of unforeseen circumstances, courses - including tutors and venues - may be subject to cancellation or change.


N.B. you will be charged a booking fee of 30 cents ($0.30). If you have done a course with us before, you qualify for our alumni discount so add your promotional code at the checkout to receive 15% off the full price. If you do not know the code, ring us on 02 8425 0171.