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NORTHWEST: WORKSHOP: ‘Character is Destiny: linking plot with character and theme’ with C M Taylor and in partnership with the Manchester Children’s Book Festival at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Date(s) - 17/03/2018

MMU Business School
Lyceum Place - Manchester, M15 6BY

17 MARCH 2018 11am – 4pm

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MANCHESTER WORKSHOP: ‘Character is Destiny: linking plot with character and theme’ with C M Taylor.

SCBWI BI North West, in partnership with the Manchester Children’s Book Festival at Manchester Metropolitan University are thrilled to bring writer and lecturer C M Taylor to Manchester to share his expertise on structuring story. Many of us wonder whether we are really getting across the story that we want to tell. This is a special opportunity to think about the whole of your novel and learn a technique that ensures that your work is doing just what you envisaged. Craig is a successful novelist, book editor with Writers’ Workshop  and experienced lecturer who can help us to drill down the nuts and bolts of telling an effective story.

Craig says:

‘Narrative art is how events in time (PLOT) change or do not change a human being (CHARACTER), according to the writer’s sensibility (THEME). I teach a very practical method – adapted from screenwriting to cater for the strengths of written fiction – which links plot to character and theme, treating them as part of the same moving concern and the same evolving structure. I offer a simple, repeatable method whereby you can test the usefulness of your inspiration against a system for unifying the three main aspects of writing.’

Registration will open at 10.30 in the main foyer of the Manchester Met Business and Law School. MMU students, please note that we require you to bring valid student ID to confirm your entitlement to the MMU student discount. The workshop will begin at 11am and we will break at 1pm for lunch. No lunch is provided, but there is space for you to eat a packed lunch and there are many locations nearby for you to buy refreshments.  The workshop will reconvene at 2pm and should finish at 4pm. Please note, we reserve the right to vary this timetable, it is intended to be a guide only.

We do hope that many of you will take the opportunity to join us and learn all about Craig’s method so that we can all apply it to our writing!


Craig (writing as C M Taylor) is the author of five novels. Premiership Psycho (Corsair 2011) and the Amazon best-selling Group of Death (Corsair 2012) form two thirds of a satirical trilogy about contemporary culture described as ‘Brilliant’ by The Sun, and ‘Horribly entertaining’ by The Mirror. He’s also the author of Light, Cloven and Grief, the latter a dystopian fantasy described by British Science Fiction Association as a work of ‘breathtaking originality’ and nominated for their Book of the Year. Craig co-wrote the horror movie script, Writers Retreat, which premiered at the Sitges International Film Festival. He is an associate lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, and has taught widely, often on the underlying structures of narrative, and on Born Digital Literature, a particular enthusiasm which has seen Craig crowdfund a literary app on the Unbound publishing website, as well as instigate an experiment in digital literature with the British Library.


This event is fully booked.