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Characters

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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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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USES OF ENCHANTMENT

USES OF ENCHANTMENT

A Session with James LePore and Carlos Davis HOW TO USE FANTASY, FABLE & FAITH IN A HISTORICAL THRILLER You’re thinking of writing a historical thriller. What are some of the tools that can help you maximize your story and its impact on the reader? For a way to truly distinguish yourself, considering using elements […]

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The Art of Villains

The Art of Villains

A Session with Ethan Cross Writing villains is a subject that is very near and dear to my heart.  It’s my belief that the villain makes the story.  Without the villain, your hero has nothing to overcome, no challenges to face.  And the level of tension and excitement in your story increases along with the capabilities […]

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CREATING A SENSE OF PLACE AS A CHARACTER

CREATING A SENSE OF PLACE AS A CHARACTER

A Session with Leora Skolkin-Smith The famous literary critic, Walter Benjamin, in his essay, “Excavation and Memory” once wrote, “For authentic memories, it is far less important that the investigator report on them than that he mark, quite precisely, the site where he gained possession of them.” All through literature, there are examples of these […]

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Character Shading

Character Shading

A Session with Leora Skolkin Smith I once attended a lecture by the East German writer, Christa Wolf because I was profoundly shaken by her slim novel, The Quest for Christa T. When an audience member asked her what propelled her to develop and stay with a character in one of her stories, she said, though I […]

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Lexicon, Rhythm, Proximity and the Literary Voice

Lexicon, Rhythm, Proximity and the Literary Voice

A Session with KM Cholewa Voice, in writing, is an intangible. It is neither installed nor crafted, but emerges from the elements of craft. It “happens.” The writer can mindfully punctuate and structure sentences and develop characters, but the writer doesn’t do “voice.” Nor is Voice the sum of parts. Discussions about the elements of […]

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