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Deciding What to Write

Scope

Scope

A Session with KM Cholewa What if you haven’t travelled the world or don’t have an interest in researching the kitchen implements or dress codes of another era?  What if your novel takes place over a single dinner party and there are no flashbacks in time and no flashbacks of travel over land and sea? Under […]

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Giving a Story Scale Even When the Focus is Narrow

Giving a Story Scale Even When the Focus is Narrow

A Session with Peter Murphy The unplanned trilogy To begin with, I should tell you that I never intended to write the story of Danny Boyle as a trilogy. Life & Times happened because I made three separate efforts to tell Danny’s story from different points in his life. Each grew to about one hundred […]

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VIDEO: Making History Come Alive in 120 Seconds

VIDEO: Making History Come Alive in 120 Seconds

  New York Times bestselling author Lou Aronica offers a simple trick that delivers powerful results.   About the Author… Lou Aronica is the New York Times bestselling author of The Element and Finding Your Element (both with Ken Robinson) and the author of the USA Today bestselling novel The Forever Year along with other […]

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 ON WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION

 ON WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION

A Session with Leora Skolkin-Smith Susan Sontag in her piece, “The Imagination of Disaster “ wrote, “Ours is an age of extremity. For we live under continual threat: of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror. It is fantasy, served out in large rations by the popular arts, which allows most […]

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Walking the Line Between Fiction and Fact

Walking the Line Between Fiction and Fact

A Session with KJ Steele Let’s be honest. Writing fiction can sometimes be a bit of a rebellious romp of literary freedom. When else do you ever get to create and orchestrate the minute details of someone else’s life? You can say what you want to say and do what you want to do. Ditch the […]

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Adding a Touch of Fantasy

Adding a Touch of Fantasy

A Session with Cara Sue Achterberg I’m not a fantasy writer. When I saw my novel I’m Not Her listed under Mystical Realism on Amazon, I blanched. But after I thought about it, I realized – we’re all fantasy writers. We, every one of us who strive to write fiction, are writing fantasy. None of […]

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Employing the Supernatural in a Non-Fantasy Story

Employing the Supernatural in a Non-Fantasy Story

A Session with Earl Javorsky So what do you do if you have a story to tell and you realize that the best way to tell it will require introducing an element that’s not quite, shall we say, of this world? Should you worry about narrowing your market or having your work be pigeonholed as fantasy, […]

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SYNOPSIS VS. OUTLINE

SYNOPSIS VS. OUTLINE

A Session with Leora Skolkin-Smith A large question when one is starting a new novel is whether or not to outline the plot, the characters, and all the characters’ actions. That is, to have a clear idea of its “arc”– its beginning, middle, and end which will tell the reader whether the protagonist gets what […]

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Figuring Out Your Strengths as a Writer

Figuring Out Your Strengths as a Writer

A Session with Steven Manchester   The first step in figuring out your strengths as a writer is to understand what inspires you as a writer. For me, it’s my children, my wife, my family, and the thoughts and feelings I want to share with them—the things in my life that evoke the most emotion […]

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Memoir vs. Novel: A Writer’s Perspective

Memoir vs. Novel: A Writer’s Perspective

A Session with Marcia Gloster My first book, 31 Days: A Memoir of Seduction, is the story of a specific time and place in my life. As a memoir, its perspective is mine, encompassing my perceptions and emotions. It was both revelatory and cathartic, and in writing it I rediscovered myself. As Tobias Wolff wrote […]

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