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Writing an Ensemble

Writing an Ensemble

A Session with Cara Sue Achterberg None of us goes through life alone. I’ve always loved stories that focus on friendship. Families are great – plenty of potential there for conflict and pain and embarrassing situations. But friends – that’s rich. They’re a chosen family. Writing a story that features an ensemble cast can be […]

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Using Flashbacks

Using Flashbacks

A Session with Tanya Anne Crosby “Show, don’t tell!” Any writer whose been at the craft for any length of time has heard this edict time and again. It sounds easy enough; it’s harder than it seems. But I didn’t learn to recognize this literary sin until I abandoned fiction for a few years and […]

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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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Going Deep in a Sensory Bath: The Art of Immersive Fiction

A session by Dr. John L. Hart and Olivia Rupprecht The scent of Mary Jane and incense and the sound of Fleetwood Mac wafted through the air of Haight Ashbury. A shave-headed goateed hipster in bell bottoms and classic Air Jordans flashed a peace sign that didn’t match his snarled, “What’s your bag, dude?” Izzy […]

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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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Better Sex in 120 Seconds

Better Sex in 120 Seconds

  Writing about sex can be one of the biggest challenges a novelist faces. 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 […]

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Giving Scale to a Love Story: Wrapping Your Book’s Real Theme in Love

Giving Scale to a Love Story: Wrapping Your Book’s Real Theme in Love

A Session with Steven Manchester Let’s cut right to the chase, shall we? If you’re writing a love story, then you’ve read stacks of love stories or you haven’t really done your homework, have you? Most writers pen the stories they enjoy reading or—more precisely—the stories they wish they’d read. Before I even tried my hand […]

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Chemistry: A Primer

Chemistry: A Primer

A Session with Marcia Gloster According to Webster’s dictionary, Chemistry is first described as science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of substances and with the transformations that they undergo. The description immediately following reads, “The complex emotional or psychological interaction between two people.” So be it. Here, on one hand, you have […]

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