Writing Science Fiction: Plotting & Endings

Discover how to plot a story, from its beginnings through to redrafting and its end, with tutor Ian Nettleton.

The focus is on science fiction storytelling: how to craft a scene and use dialogue and subtext to bring your ideas to life, packed full of examples from sci-fi film and literature.

You’ll find out:

  • The relationship between plot and character
  • What forms a classic story structure
  • How to write an impactful opening
  • How to ratchet up the drama
  • The Ten Commandments of Writing
  • How point of view affects your plot
  • How dialogue and subtext can add depth to your plot
  • The importance of rewriting
  • How to end your story
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Ian Nettleton has a doctorate in Creative & Critical Writing from UEA (2003). His first novel, The Last Migration, set in the Australian outback, was runner-up for both the 2014 Bath Novel Award prize for literature and the inaugural Bridport Prize/Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel Award. He has also worked for the BBC as a writer and presenter, critiqued novels for The Literary Consultancy and published short fiction in a number of anthologies. He was shortlisted for the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize 2019, the Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award 2020, longlisted for the Winter Reflex Fiction Competition 2019 and longlisted for the Ellipsis Flash Fiction Collection Competition 2020.