Finding Your Story: Plot, Setting and Structure

Finding Your Story: Plot, Setting and Structure
25 Jan 2020 at 10:00 am
25 Jan 2020 at 04:00 pm
Free Word Centre
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road,
£125+VAT/£100+VAT concessions (students, under 30, over 65, unwaged/low income)

Finding Your Story: Plot, Setting and Structure
A TLC Masterclass

Saturday 25th January 2020 10am-4pm

This workshop has now SOLD OUT. There are still places left on the Finding Your Voice and Creativity and Wellbeing Masterclasses.

This workshop demystifies the construction of your story. It takes a hard look at causality, the engine that drives the narrative. By examining the motivation of characters, we understand what makes them strive; we also gain insight into the conflicts caused by obstacles in their path. We investigate some of the key plot compositions that inspire and echo the shaping of our stories, from Aristotelian underpinnings of story through to three- and five-act structures of conflict, escalation and resolution. Lively exercises turn theory into practice as we put narrative structure into action and explore the enormous impact of setting and time.

“So helpful and inspiring. As a first-time prose writer, Shelley has given me the confidence to continue writing”

Perfect for: Writers with fiction works in progress.

Includes: Tea, coffee, all teaching, and feedback on a 2,000 (maximum) word extract of your writing.

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About TLC Masterclasses

Trusted TLC assessor, novelist and writers’ mentor Shelley Weiner has designed three individual one-day intensive workshops especially for TLC, critically engaging with essential elements of fiction and working with Shelley’s patented model of teaching craft ‘from the inside out’. Each Masterclass runs from 10am till 4pm at the Free Word Centre, in the heart of Clerkenwell. Teas and coffees are included in the price. You can book any single Masterclass, or book all three for a 15% discount (applied automatically at checkout).

TLC Masterclasses are for writers just starting out, or those with a specific writing project in mind and with a determination to see that project through to a more cohesive, coherent end product. Each Masterclass offers a holistic deep dive into elements of craft, with practical exercises and inspirational examples drawn from a wide range of sources. This special series of three Masterclass offerings has been built to be accessible either individually or as a complementary suite, with a series discount of 15% available (applied automatically at check-out). You can find links to each Masterclass below.

One free ticket to this TLC Masterclass is available to a writer on low income, with priority given to those from groups currently under-represented in publishing. Please email us at to apply in confidence.

About the Tutor

Shelley Weiner is the author of five novels, and a respected creative writing tutor with a passion for nurturing writers at all levels. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies in print and online, and have been produced for BBC Radio 4. Shelley has run masterclasses for the Guardian, Faber Academy, Gold Dust Mentoring Scheme and Skyros Writers’ Lab, and has lectured on the Creative Writing MA at Anglia Ruskin University, as well as for Birkbeck College, the Open University, the Taliesin Trust, the British Council in Israel, and Durham University. She is passionate about guiding and enabling writers at all stages of their writing journeys. She is an Advisory Fellow at the University of Westminster.

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