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Saturday, April 7 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
8C: Beyond Conflict: Sources of Narrative Drive in Fiction FULL
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What makes certain fiction so gripping? What gives it the power to keep a reader up at night, and to put a book down reluctantly, like parting with a beloved friend? In this session, using brief passages from great novels and stories as models, we'll go beyond basic understandings of dramatic conflict to look into some of the additional ingredients that go into gripping fiction, such as micro-tension, shadow description, and the secrets to creating a riveting point of view character. We'll make distinctions between mystery, suspense, and dramatic irony, and discuss how these informational scenarios interact with point of view to keep the pages turning. A combination of discussion and brief, dynamic writing exercises will give fiction writers a better grasp on the tools they need to make their stories harder to put down—and more likely to be published and widely read.

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Tim Weed

Tim Weed's first novel, Will Poole's Island (2014), was named one of Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year. His short fiction collection, A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing (2017), has been shortlisted for the International Book Awards, the New Rivers Press... Read More →

Saturday April 7, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
White Hill Room - 4th Floor
  Block 8, Lecture