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Write Here, Write Now: Three Ways to Think About Plot with Suyi Okungbowa

Date(s): Monday, February 24, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: 
Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Type(s): 
Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Flash, Genre Fiction, Mixed Genre, Novels, Short Stories
Cost: $8

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About this Event

Need ideas to help you get started writing? Take a dip into our classes before you dive in! Presented in partnership with Phoenix College and Changing Hands Bookstore, Write Here, Write Now is a pop-up workshop the fourth Monday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Changing Hands Phoenix (300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013)

This month: Three Ways to Think About Plot with Suyi Okungbowa

You might've heard people refer to some of your beloved stories as "plot-heavy" or even "plot-less," while you're over here wondering what in the world "plot" is even, and how to make your story have one (that works). In this workshop, we’ll explore new ways to think about plot in relation to your work. First, we’ll talk about plot in relationship to character goals as cycles of trying and failing, acceptance and rejection, and cause and effect. Then, we’ll create our own plots or micro-stories in five minutes and rewrite them using each of these techniques. Finally, we’ll discuss how these exercises can be adapted for novellas, novels, and other longer works. By the end of the workshop, you’ll leave with concrete ideas for short stories and actionable strategies considering plot.

About the Author

Photograph of Suyi Okungbowa

Suyi Davies Okungbowa is a Nigerian author of speculative fiction inspired by his West-African origins. He is the author of the highly-anticipated Nigerian godpunk debut, David Mogo, Godhunter (Abaddon, 2019). His shorter works have appeared internationally in periodicals like Tor.com, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, Fireside, Podcastle, The Dark and anthologies like Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy (Saga, 2020), A World of Horror (Dark Moon Books, 2018), People of Colour Destroy Science Fiction (Lightspeed/John Joseph Adams, 2017). He lives between Lagos, Nigeria and Tucson, Arizona where he teaches writing while completing his MFA in Creative Writing. He tweets at @IAmSuyiDavies and is @suyidavies everywhere else. Learn more at suyidavies.com.

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