Surviving The Plot Twist

Conversations  |  General  |  Fiction  |  English  |  1 hr

18 Nov, Sat, 1.00pm to 2.00pm
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We’re all riveted by a good plot twist, but what does it do to a character? When every crisis event or a major upheaval is a potential catalyst for new personal revelations and surprising transformations, characters are inevitably shaped by the way the cookie crumbles around them. How do writers develop moments of reckoning that peel back the layers of their interiority? We examine the origin story, the inciting event, and all the turning points that make rather than break a character.


Barrie Sherwood is the author of three novels – The Pillow Book of Lady Kasa, Escape from Amsterdam, and The Macanese Pro-Wrestler's Cookbook – and a collection of short stories, The Angel Tiger. He lectures at NTU.