Plot

The course

Craft tales that make your readers miss their train stop.

Nothing beats the pull of a book that keeps you up into the small hours turning the pages to find out what happens next.

This four-week course, run by our partners at Faber Academy, introduces you to some of the secrets of storytelling: how to draw readers in, keep them hooked and leave them feeling satisfied. It explores key plotting techniques and shows you how to lay the foundations for your own compelling narratives.

In partnership with Faber Academy

Expert guidance from first line to final draft, at the home of one of Britain’s great publishers. We work in partnership with Faber Academy to offer a range of courses for fiction writers at all stages of development – choose from key skills short courses through to advanced novel writing courses.

How it works

We give you the theory in the form of videos, podcasts, written lectures and reading extracts. In the case of our live workshops, this includes a live online seminar.

You put it into practice by completing the writing assignments.

You share your work with the small group of fellow writers and the teaching team.

Your tutor and fellow learners read your work and give professional-style feedback on your submission. Giving feedback notes helps to build your skills as an editor - a critical part of the writing process.

You reflect on the exercises with the group and share what you’ve learned.

You use what you learned from the feedback and discussions to review your work and improve it.

Things to know

Fiction Skills: Plot is an intermediate course, designed for people who are writing fiction and want to broaden their knowledge of plotting, explore new skills and develop their writing techniques.

The course is suitable if you:

  • Are struggling to plot your own story or novel
  • Want to learn the techniques writers use to grab their readers’ attention and keep them turning the pages
  • Are keen to understand how good plots work and how you can apply this to your fiction writing
  • Want to explore the building blocks that make a gripping plot
  • Want to join a friendly and supportive group of learners
  • Can dedicate 5-7 hours per week for the duration of the course

Tutor Tom Bromley will introduce you to the skills and techniques that will help you turn your ideas into stories. You’ll learn about the building blocks of fiction, understand the importance of the beginning, middle and end of a story and learn how to apply this to your own writing.

Over two sessions, Tom will introduce you to the skills needed for plotting a story while you work within a supportive community of fellow writers keen to share their experiences with you.

Session 1: What Stories Are All About – We’ll explore why we tell stories, the building blocks on which all stories and narratives are built, where stories come from, and how writers turn their ideas into compelling narratives. You’ll practise writing the beginning of a story.

Session 2: Putting Your Plot Together – We’ll look at the different ways to structure plots, and the arguments for and against plotting before writing. You’ll learn about the components that make a compelling plot and the relationship between the beginning and end of a story.

You’ll complete a 2,000-word piece using the plotting techniques you’ve experimented with and you’ll have the chance to share this with the group, so you can give each other feedback.

Join the Faber Academy alumni

After your course, you can join the online alumni where you’ll meet the growing network of past Faber Academy students. The alumni is a friendly group of writers who support each other as they continue to explore and develop their writing.

Within the online alumni area you can:

  • Rejoin your classmates on a private forum and access an archived version of your course materials and forum posts
  • Meet alumni from other Faber Academy courses and groups and share your work for feedback on our alumni critiquing forum
  • Join in on discussions about reading, writing, editing and ideas on our general discussion forum. This is also where we share news and useful info
  • Retain access to our resources area, which has interesting and informative links
  • Chat with other people online using the alumni area live chatroom. We also host live chats with guest tutors, authors, agents, editors and publishers


Commission a report on your work

If you’d like to receive a personalised, detailed report on your final piece of writing from your course tutor, this is available at an extra cost. You’ll receive detailed written feedback assessing your ideas and writing, plus advice on what steps to take next.

Taking things further

If you’d like to continue on to another Faber Academy course, you’ll receive a discount. Please get in touch for more details.

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