Booked Out: Online: The Fundamentals of Fiction with William Ryan
Starts: Thurs 7 May
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Duration: 4 Weeks
This remote course provides the nuts and bolts of prose fiction, along with individual feedback on offer from the facilitator. There will be takeaway exercises to apply to your own writing outside of the group and also weekly writing deadlines in place (that, is if your work is to be looked at by the course tutor and included in discussion at the beginning of the following session).
Session 1: Techniques of Prose Fiction, including the use of point of view for narration, present tense vs. past tense, elements of style, handling descriptions, handling research, place, setting and dramatic worlds, followed by a workshop based around submitted work.
Session 2: Writing Scenes, including identifying the purpose of a scene, how to begin scenes, how to end them, the benefits of subtexts and how to introduce them and the need for conflict, followed by a workshop based around submitted work.
Session 3: Characters and Characterisation, including the role and development of a central character, the development and function of subsidiary characters, the ways in which characters create plot and character management, followed by a workshop based around submitted work.
Session 4: Dialogue, including the function of dialogue, how to carry dialogue, creating character dialogue styles and the importance of conflict, motivation and control in dialogue, followed by a workshop based around submitted work.
Course materials: slides, audio recording from each session to be distributed.
Outside of the two-hour sessions: Students will be set 1000 word exercises (or can submit existing work) which will be used in the workshop part of the sessions, if submitted. However, it’s up to students if/when they carry them out or if they choose to submit them at all.
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. His latest novel The Constant Soldier was described by The Daily Mail as "subtle, suspenseful and superb".