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I will be teaching two classes at Willamette Writers Conference this summer;
What is Lord of the Rings without the RING, Cinderella without GLASS SLIPPERS? These iconic objects are shorthand for legendary stories that could not be told without them. Objects (sometimes called a plot-devices) in fiction writing can be overly done, however a well-crafted plot device, or one that emerges naturally from the setting or characters of the story, can enrich the story and provide an added layer of reader satisfaction. Objects can help establish a character’s values, which informs their choices. Students will learn to create a narrative for an object in a character’s life, how that object can be backstory shorthand, enhance storytelling, help eliminate pages of narration and aid in telling a more layered tale. In this workshop we will use lots of visuals to help students get started, real life examples from literature to recognize how often this plot device is skillfully used, and how one can utilize vision-boards in story creation. Vision boards can keep your images/objects alive in your mind as you write.
Being an author is a small business, and social media is a small business owner’s best friend. However, without time management social media can be overwhelming. How does a busy writer who wants to spend time actually writing, manage it all? This class demonstrates how to harness the key tools, and strategies of time management and take charge of the social media vs writing, battle. Students will learn the secrets of organizing social media that will allow them to finish that next novel, screenplay, book of poems, or just ponder the mysteries of their belly button–either way, these practical skills will free up valuable time.
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