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Fiction Strategies

  • 16 Jan 2021
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • via Zoom (Link will arrive after registration)


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Fiction Strategies: The Good, the Bad and the Muddled

Sometimes what we think we know just isn't true. This class considers how sometimes "common knowledge" can deaden our writing or be misleading if followed superficially. We'll take a fresh look at the advice to start the story fast; inner demons as a basis for character arc; the problem of tears at sad moments; flashbacks, dialogue and more. We'll search for the deeper truths suggested by, or obscured by, fiction maxims.

This class is distilled from the many beginner manuscripts I've read in my longish career, and inspired by the gasps that some of my novel-writing students emit when I contradict seemingly unassailable writing advice. But sometimes it's worth questioning common knowledge. The advice I'm going to question is slippery; it's not always wrong, but often misused.

About the instructor:
Kay Kenyon is the author of fifteen science fiction and fantasy novels. Her work has been shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick award, the John W. Campbell Memorial award, and the American Library Association Reading List award. Her most recent work, The Dark Talents trilogy--historical fantasy set in 1936 England--has been optioned for film. She is a founding member of Write on the River.

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