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Strange Alchemy: How Place, People, & Conflict Intertwine in Fiction and Memoir

Date: 10/25/17 – 12/20/17

Location: Online

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Open to All Levels

Genre: Multigenre

Seats Available: 4

• Regular: $390.00
• Member: $351.00

Story engages readers most when its place, people, and conflict create a certain alchemy. Via twists and turns, anticipated but not expected, the right combination of these three crucial elements allow us to enter the dream that John Gardner wrote about. But how do you create this magic in your own writing?

Weekly writing exercises, discussion, readings from well-known fiction and memoir writers, and workshopping your writing for intensive feedback lets you explore the balance of tension and action, how the narrative arc (the growth or change in your character or narrator) interacts with this conflict, and how "container"—the primary atmosphere in your story—can drive emotion in your story.

You'll create new writing, revise blah scenes, and gain a deeper understanding of the intricate twist of place, people, and the conflicts they generate. All levels, fiction or memoir writers. Each week offers readings from published fiction and memoir writers, video or audio clips to deepen the week's topic, and a writing prompt to get you thinking in new ways. Optional group discussion and sharing of writing for peer feedback and teaching artist input. Log in any time during the week to read content, contribute to asynchronous discussion forums, engage in peer critiques, and participate in other activities.

Download a syllabus for this class.