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“Getting Your Novel Across the Finish Line” will take you to the next step, wherever you may be. Be prepared to write, and bring that novel you haven’t finished or an idea you want to develop. The six-session craft class will cover the following topics, alongside others that arise in our discussions.
- Plot structure
- Scene structure
- Character development
- Setting activation
- Conflict and resolution
Sessions 1-3 – “Plot, Scheme, and Torment Your Characters.”
- “Character Development” which involves an “interview” all writers should have with their main characters. We’ll have a writing exercise on this, just to get your wheels turning. We’ll also talk about protagonists and antagonists, or heroes and villains—and who is what, depending on the point of view. We’d better talk a bit about point of view, too.
- “The Three Act Structure,” offers a road map for developing your plot, including plot points and reversals—all devious devices you’ll need to ramp up the tension and keep the reader up late. This also keeps the author from either getting bogged down in the “dreaded middle,” or from writing a 200,000 word novel. We’ll have a writing exercise (or two) with this session, too.
- The third session will discuss themes in fiction, “novel” beginnings, how to use (or omit) backstory, and any questions left over from the first two sessions.
The second half of “Get Your Novel Across the Finish Line” is titled “Behind the Scenes” and will focus on several aspects of writing novels that are often overlooked. It will build on the ideas Debby Atkinson has developed in the first three sessions. All sessions will employ writing prompts and exercises and will be highly interactive.
- We will start by looking at scenes and scene development, providing approaches that can allow you to “think in scenes”
- From there we will move on to using setting to reveal character, establish atmosphere, and serve as far more than a backdrop where you place your plot.
- The final session will examine ways to better understand and reveal the psychological dimensions of your characters, the parts of them that are “behind the scenes” but that drive all their actions.
FREE 90-minute workshop. Must register to attend.
6:00-7:00 pm MDT
Upon confirmation of registration, Zoom meeting access information will be provided.