Plotting for Pantsers, Intuits, the Impulsive and the Totally Lost
Are you mid-way through a manuscript and have caught yourself asking, “what should happen next?” Or maybe you’ve finished a complete draft but have no idea how to begin the next. Where do you even start? Or maybe you want to start writing but you get hung up on the expectation and rules of an outline. If any of these scenarios resonate, this workshop is for you.
Using the theory character as plot and elements of plot structure, we’ll uncover tangible ways to bring cohesion and clarity to a work in progress. Learn to write, re-write and revise with intention even if you wrote the entire manuscript with no idea where you were going. Expect a combination of lecture, in-class exercises and discussion.
The workshop is designed for intermediate writers with some experience/understanding of craft who are working on (or have completed) a novel-length manuscript.
Ali Bryan is an award-winning novelist and creative nonfiction writer based in Calgary. Her first novel Roost (Freehand, 2013) won the Alberta Literary Awards Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was the official selection of One Book Nova Scotia 2014. Her second novel, The Figgs, was released in May 2018 and was short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. Her third book and YA debut, The Hill, will be released from Dottir Press in Fall 2020. She’s never used an outline.