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The Power of Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding, the process of constructing a fictional setting to place a story’s plot and characters within, is a fundamental and defining cornerstone to the fantasy and science fiction genres. But where should one begin when creating a new world? How does one create worlds that feel rich and tangible without bogging readers down in so…

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Writing a Sense of Place & Setting

This seminar is designed for writers who wish to develop the sense of place in their fiction. Through an engaging process of providing examples, sharing ideas, and writing prompts, writers will further develop the sense of place in their stories by exploring their characters and their view of the world. We will study such writers…

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Discover Your Core Story: Define It In Three Words

Your core story has nothing to do with your chosen genre or the fictional landscapes you love. It has everything to do with the themes, conflicts and emotions that compel you. Discovering your core story will empower you because you will realize you can take it anywhere. Join us and reach your core.

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Writing About Family Secrets

Family. Secrets. Each word is fraught with its own complicated dynamics. Merged together, the concept of family secrets is ripe for exploration, particularly when we think about what it means to use our writing to reveal the truths of our lives. Deborah J. Cohan draws on her background as a writer, teacher, sociologist, counselor, and…

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The Mythos in Our Words

Let’s explore the power of mythology and how subconscious tenets based on ancient myth pepper not only the symbols we use, but our plot points and themes. Most writers know mythology, but having a better understanding of its evolution and its sometimes startling connections to today–as well as how to recognize and utilize inherent mythological…

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Mastering the Three-Act Story Structure

For thousands of years, the three-act structure has been the predominant method for telling stories. It’s still the basis of plays, books, and movies because it works so well. But how does it work? In this session, we’ll explore the driving elements of story, how to place key elements, where your subplots should begin and…

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Writing Engaging Opening Pages

At the beginning of a novel, an author must hook the reader (whether the reader is an agent, editor, or the final reader). Middle grade author Sylvia Liu will share the key elements that opening lines, scenes, and chapters should include to engage a reader. She will provide craft tips and share examples of successful…

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