Crafting Time in Fiction with Sharanya Murali

We often overlook time in fiction because a story has to propel forward. However, some of the most memorable pages we read wield narrative time in deft, unexpected ways. Part of the Developing Tutor workshop series.

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Even though a story has to move forward, time within a story is not beholden to such rules. In fiction, time can move sideways, backwards or even spin out. In this workshop, we will look closely at how to manipulate time in fiction. We will work to understand how time can unfold in structure and style, and ways to expand, contract and play with time in our own fiction writing practices.  

What will you do in the workshop?

There will be readings, discussions and exercises. Participants are requested to bring a page-long section from a (finished or unfinished) draft of a story or chapter. You will develop a usable vocabulary for how time can operate in fiction. 

What can you expect?

Using handouts of slides, short-burst editing exercises, and example texts from writers such as Mavis Gallant, Jesmyn Ward and others, you will learn craft strategies to shape and explore time in your own work. 

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is open to all writers of fiction, including beginners—the only thing needed is a page-long draft.  

This workshop is part of our Developing Tutors series. 

What is Developing Tutors?

Developing Tutors is a series of free workshops delivered by London Writers Awards writers who are talented writers looking to grow their workshop delivery experience. We ask that you only book for one workshop in this season.  

A note about this being free

This workshop has a limited capacity and is free to you. We ask that you only book a space if you are committed to attending. By doing this, you are supporting Spread the Word to continue to offer free workshops.

Access Notice 

  • If you require BSL interpretation to take part, please email us at [email protected] by Friday 16 September and we’ll try to secure BSL interpretation for you. Spread the Word will cover this cost.

  • We’ll send through any reading seven days in advance. We can create adapted handouts to writers attending our workshops and events by request.

  • If you have additional access needs or questions, please email us on [email protected]

About Sharanya

Sharanya Murali

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Sharanya Murali is a university lecturer and writer based in West London. She holds a PhD in Drama. She was a London Writers Awardee in 2021, and was selected to attend the Tin House workshop for Fiction in 2022. She is a reviews editor for Full Stop Mag, and her work has appeared in Triangle House Review, Burning House Press and other places.