If “story is king”, as the book industry declares, then narrative drive is story’s engine. But how do you come up with a story that has enough drive, while staying true to your need to tell stories that matter to you? If the heart of your story is emotional and psychological, how do you make it compelling without resorting to unlikely events? How do you make sure even the most dramatic events don’t end up being “one damn thing after another”? What if you’ve had feedback that your project doesn’t have enough drive, or readers don’t care enough?
In this tutorial we will unpack how story-structure keeps a reader reading, and use short exercises to explore ways of using that knowledge to shape or reshape your story. You should leave with some new tools – and perhaps some new ideas for a story.
If you can’t attend in person you may request a recording which will be sent out a day or so after the event. Just let us know beforehand.
Assistance to writers on low incomes and/or from communities under represented in publishing
We are offering a free place on each of our online tutorials and Q & A sessions for UK based writers on low incomes and/or from under represented communities in publishing.
Writers may apply for a free place on one of the sessions by contacting BPA with a short bio and a summary of their writing career to date.
Please click here to Contact BPA with your application and in the case of writers on low incomes, proof of financial eligibility such as: Jobseeker’s Allowance; Disability Benefit; Income Support; Working Tax Credit; Child Tax Credit; Proof of being a full-time student; Housing benefit; Proof of being a full-time carer.
All details will be kept confidential. Decisions on who receives the free places rest with the BPA team not the tutors.