WF051 Writing Your First Novel

  • 05 Feb 2019
  • 12 Mar 2019
  • 6 sessions
  • 05 Feb 2019, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM (CET)
  • 12 Feb 2019, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM (CET)
  • 19 Feb 2019, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM (CET)
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  • 05 Mar 2019, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM (CET)
  • 12 Mar 2019, 3:00 PM 5:00 PM (CET)
  • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
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Anyone writing a novel knows that plot is probably the most essential element that will decide the success or failure of your project.  Unlike other art forms, the novel has little fixed structure and can be long and unwieldy, so how do we maintain suspense and surprise over a few hundred pages, while moving a story forward?  What is it that makes a good story so irresistible? We also consider how character can drive plot, and how plot can affect character. 
Join us as we look into plot-related strategies. Discover tricks that can help organize your material and create a sense of forward energy and pace. What are good openings, and good endings, for instance?  And how do I avoid stodgy middles?  Plot is indeed the ultimate challenge for any writer. But getting it right will make all the difference.

About the instructor: Gretel Furner is one of our most popular instructors. She grew up in England and was educated at Oxford University. She obtained a PhD on the modern novel at the University of the Saarland, Germany. Gretel has been Associate Professor at George Washington University, and instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  She lives between London and Paris, and since 2003 has been an instructor at WICE in French Literature and History, the Migrant Soul series and Creative Writing.

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