Joining the Dots - plotting the path through your novel
Sunday, 29th November 2020, 10:30 - 11:55
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About this event
I suspect that many people have had ideas for stories but don't have the skill to clearly create the backbone of these ideas...the plot around which all else revolves.
This events brings together 2 writers who are gifted when it comes to bringing their ideas and stories to life and we can all learn from them.
Sarah Ward (left) and Lisa Blower (right) will be talking together about their work, particularly their latest books and sharing their experiences of the process of "joining the dots".
Sarah is the author of four crime novels In Bitter Chill, A Deadly Thaw, A Patient Fury and The Shrouded Path which are set in the Derbyshire Peak District. Her debut novel, In Bitter Chill, was described by the Daily Mail as a tense, well-told story of loss and family secrets. The second book in the series, A Deadly Thaw, was called relentless in its grip by the Financial Times. The third book, A Patient Fury, was The Observers Thriller of the Month and The Shrouded Path was described as macabre and unsettling by The Guardian.
Sarah's latest book, The Quickening (written under her middle name Rhiannon) has been described as a "twisty and gripping Gothic mystery".
In addition to writing, Sarah also teaches crime fiction workshops, provides manuscript critiques and editing services, chairs book events and gives talks to reading groups.
Lisa has not always been a writer. She worked in commercial radio as a Marketing and Events manager from 1996-2006. She won The Guardians National Short Story Competition in 2009 with Broken Crockery the story of a young girl who deals with the death of her beloved Nan by thinking shes in hospital with Margaret Thatcher and then found herself on the shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award with Barmouth in 2013 a story that uses the annual family holiday to her Aunties caravan in Wales as a vehicle to tell a life story that spans four decades. Her novel, Sitting Ducks (Fair Acre Press, 2016) is a family saga set over 4 days around the 2010 General election.
In 2019, she toured UK literary festivals promoting her debut short story collection Its Gone Dark over Bills Mothers, and as a contributor to Kit De Waals widely praised Common People. She has just published her second novel Pondweed with Myriad Editions, and is working on her third novel.
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