2021: Archived Meetings
*** Note that the date for this meeting has changed ***
Our competition Rosemary Hayes is an author and creative writing tutor. She came to writing from a background in advertising, marketing and publishing. Working intermittently for Cambridge University Press from 1986-2001, one of her jobs was to run a national children’s writing competition, The Cambridge Young Writers’ Award, which attracted thousands of entries. In 1989 she launched her own publishing company, Anglia Young Books, producing curriculum-related historical fiction for primary schools.
Note that the AGM will be held in April this year and not March as usual.
The meeting will be held via zoom. Details to follow
How do I blindside my reader without completely cheating them? How do I lay a trail of clues without my plot becoming predictable? This workshop is designed to help you answer those questions and more.
We will be covering the five different types of foreshadowing, including Chekhov’s gun, prophecy, flashback, symbolic foreshadowing, and red herring, discussing examples in literature and other storytelling mediums and trying our hand at implementing each technique.
We will also look at false conclusions, misdirection, double bluffs, deflecting blame and bias, each of which helps to keep plot fresh and unexpected and assists you in ‘manipulating’ your reader’s expectations.
The workshop is held on Zoom. All members will be e-mailed a link to participate.
These topics will be accompanied by writing exercises to get the imagination buzzing and to really let these new techniques sink in. There is a lot to cover, so it may be that we run out of time, but copies of notes will be made available to anyone who wishes to have one.
Competitors bring a printed copy of their anonymous entry to the meeting, word limit 250