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How to End Your Novel

4 June @ 18:30 - 20:30

A workshop aimed at helping writers bring your story to a satisfying conclusion.

About this Event

What can be more important for an author than creating the perfect ending to a novel? And yet, many writers wrestle at one time or another with honing that big finish. Even if your beginning and middle is pitch perfect, a weak final act will disappoint the reader. A strong ending will have them hungry for more.

A solid ending has its own considerations, which should be observed right from page one. In this course, we look at arcs, pay-offs, cliff-hangers, twists as well as tips to bear in mind before penning those beautiful words: The End.

The workshop will include a PowerPoint presentation, pair and group activities and some simple practice. Be prepared to write and participants are welcome to bring in their own projects to work on. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and Ian is happy to give feedback on your work, time permitting.

By the end of the workshop, you will:

  • Understand narrative arcs.
  • Understand character arcs.
  • Recognise the value of rising conflict and threat.
  • Build an awareness of pace and momentum.
  • Avoid ‘magic wands’ and other pitfalls.
  • Recognise types of endings.
  • Build confidence with one’s own writing.

About Ian Douglas

After getting his first break in journalism, Ian graduated with an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction). He is the author of 4 YA sci-fi novels and 2 children’s non-fiction books. Over 20 of his short stories have been published, including a few prize-winners. Ian reviews and interviews for Left Lion. Drawing from his teaching background, Ian has run many workshops around the Midlands and abroad. Other literary credits include literacy ambassador, book club tutor, school author visitor plus regular appearances on Notts TV.

Book your place

Tickets cost £12 for NWS members and £17 for general admission. Book your place, or to find out more about joining NWS, head to our membership page.
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4 June
18:30 - 20:30
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Nottingham Writers’ Studio
25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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