Society of
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Date(s) - 14/09/2019
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Theodore Bullfrog Pub, First floor meeting room, ,
26-30 John Adam Street - London, WC2N 6HL

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Fiction focus: Character-driven plots: Writing from the inside out with author, Jo Cotterill

Saturday 14 September 2019

Do you find it hard to plot? Jo Cotterill will introduce you to her own style of planning, which involves looking at the emotional character arc first, the story arc second (the one tends to naturally follow the other). Come and learn how to create fully-rounded, interesting characters that belong in
any genre and pull on readers’ heartstrings. What’s The Turning Point? And why does Jo drop her characters in The Pit towards the end? What are the advantages to letting your character drive the story and create their own plot? This approach to writing focuses strongly on empathy, and is likely
to involve some interactive (non-frightening!) drama exercises as well as plenty of writing and feedback time.

Jo Cotterill’s books, Looking at the Stars and A Library of Lemons have scooped six awards between them, as well as shortlistings for many others and nominations for the Carnegie Medal. Since 2004 she has published 40 books with multiple publishers and for all age groups. Jo prefers to write contemporary stories that focus on real-life struggles faced by many families, though she believes strongly that all stories should end with hope. Her latest novel for 8-12s is Jelly, published by Piccadilly Press and featuring an overweight girl with hidden talents.

Find out more from: and @jocotterillbook

More information is available here: Masterclass Flyer 2019

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Pub lunch and tea/coffee included.

Please note that unfortunately we are unable to offer any refunds unless the Masterclass is cancelled. The programme may be subject to change.


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