Online: Planning Your Novel with William Ryan
Starts: Thurs 11 Mar 2021
Time: 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Duration: 4 Weeks
Course Level: Beginner/Emerging
All remote Irish Writers Centre courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)
A four week online course designed to help you plan your novel, focussing on the roles of central and subsidiary characters in a good story, structure, synopses and first chapters. There will be takeaway exercises to apply to your own writing outside of the group and also weekly writing deadlines in place.
Session 1: Checking your central characters, including how to ensure that they create conflict and drive the story, appeal to the reader as well as their motivation and function, followed by a workshop based on submitted work.
Session 2: Checking your subsidiary characters, including how to construct them so that they provide obstacles and challenges for the central character, ensure that the story is engaging for the reader as well as their roles and motivations, followed by a workshop based on submitted work.
Session 3: Structuring your novel, including constructing the dramatic world of the novel, clarifying the central character’s objective and building the story around it, sub plots, three act structure, inciting events and midpoints, followed by a workshop based on submitted work.
Session 4: How to write an synopsis and how to ensure your first chapter grabs the reader’s attention, followed by a workshop based on submitted work.
Slides, audio recording from each session to be distributed.
Outside of the two and a half hour sessions:
Participants will be set 1000 word exercises (or can submit existing work) three of which will be used in the workshop part of the sessions each week. However, it’s up to participants if/when they carry them out or if they choose to submit them at all. In addition, all participants (aside from the workshopped participants) will be encouraged to submit and comment on each other's work each week.
A framework for planning and editing your novel, focussing on the roles of central and subsidiary characters in a good story, structure, synopses and first chapters.
William Ryan’s novels have been shortlisted for numerous prizes including the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year and the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. The Constant Soldier was described by The Daily Mail as "subtle, suspenseful and superb" and The Irish Times called A House of Ghosts “an intelligent, absorbing, exquisitely spooky mystery”