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Shaping a Novel: Plot and Structure


with Jeri Kroll (online workshop held over two Saturdays)


What’s the difference between a novel's story and its plot? How do you structure an effective narrative arc to give readers the rich and engaging experience you want them to have? Whether you meticulously plan before you begin writing, or 'just write' your draft first in order to revise later, plot is the cornerstone; it drives your characters’ motivations and behaviours, and brings the story to life.

This essential two-part workshop will help you to design the plot points and story structures that will best translate your creative vision onto the page. Great for beginners or anyone with a work in progress.


You’ll learn:

  • •The difference between story and plot
  • •How an effective narrative arc structures a manuscript
  • •How character motivation affects action
  • •How to connect your plot to your central themes
  • •When and how to revise.


Part-one (Saturday May 2, 2pm) will contain the bulk of the information about plot and structure with some time to answer questions.

Part-two (Saturday May 9, 2pm) will focus more on your individual projects and you will have time to share with the group or just listen to the advice and see how it translates to your project.


Jeri Kroll is an award-winning writer who has published twenty-five titles, including picture books, junior and young adult novels and adult fiction. She is now Emeritus Professor of English and Creative Writing at Flinders University. Her recent books are Workshopping the Heart: New and Selected Poems (Wakefield Press 2013) and the verse novel, Vanishing Point (Puncher and Wattman 2015), shortlisted for the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards. The verse novel was adapted to the stage at George Washington University and a winner in the 47th Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Her current project is a new novel.


Full Price $95 / Writers SA Members Price $65


Online workshops are easy to access! You will need an internet connection and (ideally) a device with a camera – computers/laptops or even phones can be used to dial in. You will be sent a link to join a few days before the workshop. The link will take you to a private digital meeting where you can join the session. You can test the link at any time to ensure you can log in. Please respect the other participants in your workshop and mute your microphone at all times while the presenter is presenting. Background noise in houses such as TVs, pets and children can affect the sound quality. Screen fatigue is taxing on our eyes and brains so our workshops are now presented in maximum durations of 1.5 hours at a time.

If you wish to register more than one participant into a workshop, you must do this one-by-one. We will need an email address for each participant to receive the online invitation in order to join.

If you would like to use a workshop credit to book in, please contact at least five working days before the workshop commencement date. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

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