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Creative Writing - Fiction Fundamentals Workshop Week 2
Wed. 19 April 2017, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ACST
This is the second of six workshops covering the fundamental building blocks of writing fiction. Writing is a craft, and these are your tools. Each workshop will be a mix of theory and participant exercises.
This beginner to intermediate course is designed to allow participants to attend all six workshops, or just a few. The benefit of attending all six is that you'll get a holistic overview of what goes into writing a novel or short story. To do this well, you need an excellent grasp of all the tools covered. However, if you've done some workshops already and only want to brush up on a few topics, that's fine too.
Characters — every story is about people, first, last and always. This lesson focuses on how to create characters and make them unforgettable. Characters are also integral to plot; they should be active, not suffer from PHS (Passive Hero Syndrome), and they've got to be likeable enough for your readers to stick with them through your entire book. Techniques will focus on how to create characters and make your readers love 'em, even if you're writing a "bad guy" ( we all loved Hannibal Lechter, right?!)
Conflict — it's at the heart of every scene of every story. This will teach participants what conflict is, and show you how to incorporate it on the micro and macro level. Your story should ratchet up the tension at each point until the final resolution. Your characters must suffer for your art: be cruel to them in order to be kind to your reader.