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Pace and Plot

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23rd May 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Join best-selling author Ruth Ware for an evening focusing exclusively on structure, pace and plot.

If you’re grappling with the ins and outs of a complicated plot, or struggling for ways to avoid the notorious sagging middle, this evening will give you a thorough introduction to the intricacies of successful plot development. 

How to pace your story is one of the most important things you’ll learn. Without this, your story will lack momentum, and you could be setting your readers up for a disappointing ending. Through an interactive evening of inspiring discussion, practical advice, and tips, Ruth will cover everything from ensuring consistency and clarity, making sure your plot flows at the right pace, and how to go about outlining and planning your plot before you start, to finding structural problems and how to deal with them.  

Ruth is perfectly placed to help you craft a plot that will encourage readers to get completely immersed in your story, desperate to find out what happens next. 

Speaker Details

Ruth Ware is the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10.  

Ruth has been nominated for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award and The Bookseller Debut Novel of the Year Award, selected for the W.H. Smith Richard and Judy Book Club, and the rights to her thrillers have been sold for publication in a phenomenal 42 territories.   

In a Dark, Dark, Wood has been optioned for film by New Line Cinema and is in development with Reese Witherspoon’s production company Pacific Standard.  Reese Witherspoon selected both In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 for her influential online book club (#RWbookclub).

Event details

The event will be held at Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP. Doors will open at 6pm, with drinks provided upon arrival.

Drinks will start at 6pm and your workshop with Ruth begins at 6.30pm prompt, finishing at 8.30pm.

50% of all ticket sales for this event will be donated to Book Aid International.

Book Aid International works in partnership with libraries in Africa providing books, resources and training to support an environment in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish. Every year, Book Aid International provides up to one million new books, donated by UK publishers, to libraries in sub-Saharan Africa. We also provide training for librarians to ensure that readers get the very best from our donated books, and grants for purchasing locally-published books and for library refurbishments. Our work is practical, effective and empowering.