The Surprising Plot

Regular $234.00
Member $210.60
September 21, 2022 - October 26, 2022
Online—Flex Schedule
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
6 Week
Class Fiction Genre Rectangle

Ready to make your plot more suspenseful, unpredictable, and un-put-down-able? Every story has the potential to be surprising, to deliver moments of shock or delight that stay with readers long after they turn the last page. The tips and tools in this workshop will help push your plots to be fresh, exciting, and full of twists.

If you’re working on a novel in any genre, for any age group, this class will help you brainstorm a rough draft or plan a revision. We’ll draw inspiration from thrillers, mysteries, and famous plot-twists—but also from stories in a variety of genres, from contemporary to romance.

Our focus will be on how to create plot twists that move beyond gimmicks and instead add meaning to our stories. We’ll learn about how to shape the structure of our stories around a plot twist, how to plant clues that guide readers toward our twists without giving them away, and how to fulfill and subvert expectations. An optional reading list will include novels with twist endings, twist middles, multiple twists, and mysteries so that students can choose one or more type of story to read before class starts

Flex Classes are completely online and asynchronous, meaning you can complete the course work on your own schedule. They do run week-to-week so a cohort of students can work together, but you can log in any time during the week. There are no live meetings to schedule around, so these classes are ideal for people with unpredictable schedules. Because you can sign on any time during the week to complete your tasks, and because there is no live video conferencing, they are also a good option for people with unreliable Internet access. Loft staff will provide you with your WetInk classroom log-in information within 48 hours of the class start date.

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