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And Then What Happened?: A Masterclass in Plot with Rachel Heng

And Then What Happened?: A Masterclass in Plot with Rachel Heng

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SING LIT STATION
proudly presents

And Then What Happened?:
a masterclass in plot with RACHEL HENG

Plot, momentum, engine, trajectory, development — all words we use to talk about that magic that keeps us turning the pages, and yet, often something that doesn’t get discussed quite as often in conversations about literary fiction.

What drives “story”? one might ask. What is “story”? How do we hold a reader’s interest, be it action and consequence, the evolving mood of a character, or a captivating, suspenseful voice? What makes a story “satisfying”?

 This masterclass by Rachel Heng will explore what makes up the engine of a story by examining a selection of short stories across styles and genres. Participants will analyse the way these writers wield plot to hold our attention, subvert or satisfy our expectations. The author will talk about practical ways to troubleshoot story problems, or what to do when you feel that “nothing is happening” in a story. Participants will also work on in-class writing exercises to practice some of the key lessons of the masterclass.

Maximum 25 pax only. This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners of fiction and creative nonfiction. Participants however will be required to read the following texts prior to the masterclass (which will be sent via e-mail to registered participants):

  • Anthony Doerr, “On Suspense, Shower Murders, the Sword of Damocles, and Shooting People on the Beach”

  • Beattie Janus, “The bowl was perfect…”

  • Brigit Pegeen Kelly, “Song”

  • Ron Rash, “The Ascent”

Hear Rachel Heng discuss some of her works-in-progress later that evening alongside Ng Yi-Sheng and Patricia Karunungan in NEW ERAS / NEW WORKS (29 Jun 2019, Saturday, 5.30pm–7pm, Sing Lit Station, $5 / entry).

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DETAILS
Price: $70 per participant, $60 for students / NSFs
Date: 29 Jun 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 2pm–5pm
Venue: Sing Lit Station (22 Dickson Road, #02-01, Singapore 209506)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rachel Heng is the author of Suicide Club (Henry Holt, 2018), which was a national bestseller in Singapore, and featured as a best summer read by outlets such as The Irish Times, The Independent, ELLE, Gizmodo, NYLON, Bustle and Bitch Media. The novel will be translated in ten languages worldwide.

Rachel is currently a James A. Michener Fellow at the Michener Center for Writers, UT Austin. Her short fiction has received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and Prairie Schooner's Jane Geske Award, and has been published in Glimmer TrainTin HouseKenyon Review, Guernica and elsewhere. Her non-fiction has been published in outlets such as The TelegraphGraziaLit Hub and The Rumpus.

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REFUND POLICY: Ticket-holders wishing to obtain a refund need to inform Sing Lit Station (via our Contact page or via our office number) at least 24 hours in advance of the event. Requests to obtain a refund any later will unfortunately not be entertained.

NOTE ON VENUE: We have a cat. Those with allergies and phobias are to be mindful of this.

NOTE ON PROGRAMME: Our Visiting Writers series comprise of a series of masterclasses and special events organised in partnership with writers and poets from abroad; such writers include Claire Keegan, Judith Beveridge and Sharlene Teo. For more info: singlitstation.com/visitingwriters

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