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Good fiction consists of sending your characters up a tree while bears and wolves circle its base. In this interactive, hands-on workshop we’ll discuss how to bring in tension to keep readers turning pages, how to use the most effective structure for both short stories and novels, and the use of both internal and external conflict. We’ll also play with how to create a workable structure whether you are a character-driven or a plot-driven writer or somewhere in between. This workshop includes both written and oral exercises.
Judy McCrosky is the author of six books and she has edited both books and magazines. She is currently part of the editorial team for Amazing Stories, a print magazine of speculative fiction. She’s been writing and teaching creative writing for over thirty years, in a variety of genres, which include science fiction, fantasy, literary, romance, and non-fiction. She taught at the University of Saskatchewan for twenty years, focusing on genre fiction, and has given workshops at schools, libraries, and both local and international conferences. She loves teaching because she always learns something.
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