Beyond Conflict: Sources of Narrative Drive in Fiction - Remote!

Saturday, May 22nd, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST)
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
This class is full

What makes certain fiction so gripping? What gives it the power to keep a reader up at night? 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 less obvious aspects of page-turning fiction, such as micro-tension and shadow description. We’ll make distinctions between mystery, suspense, and dramatic irony, and discuss strategies for point of view and the release of information to keep the pages flipping. 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 therefore more likely to be published and widely read.

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

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    Timothy Weed
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