Plot and Structure with Han Smith

A series of free workshops for writers who have just started or are planning to write a full-length fiction novel.

An image of Han Smith, a white person sitting on some steps outside. She smiles, with crossed arms resting on her lap. She wears a black long sleeved top and dark blue jeans. She has short brown hair and glasses.

The Basics is a course designed for early-stage writers looking to make their first steps to write a novel. Spread over five weeks, the course will be run by four award-winning debut novelists and an experienced editor. Each session will standalone, so you don’t need to sign up to each one to take part. They will also be recorded so you can catch up. 

 In the third session, Han Smith, author of Portraits at the Palace of Creativity and Wrecking, will cover the basics of plot and structure for a fiction novel. She will discuss how she structured and developed the plot of her novel and work through a series of exercises to help you structure your project and understand how to create a compelling plot. 

A note about this being free

This workshop 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. If you have booked a place and can no longer attend, please get in touch to cancel your place on [email protected]. If you only want to receive the recording of this workshop, and don’t plan to attend, please do not sign up, but email us and we’ll send you the link.

Access Notice 

  • If you require BSL interpretation to take part, please email us at [email protected] by 22 May 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 Han

Han Smith

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A queer writer, translator and community literacy teacher, Han Smith was the recipient of a London Writers Award for Literary Fiction from Spread the Word in 2019/2020. Her work has been published/commissioned by Cipher Press, Five Dials, Versopolis, Litro, The Interpreter’s Houseand the European Poetry Festival, and shortlisted for prizes including the Mslexia Novella Award, the Bridport Prize and the Brick Lane Bookshop Prize. Han's debut novel will be published by John Murray in June 2024:  Portraits at the Palace of Creativity and Wrecking.