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The morning will begin with unpacking narrative conflict into its fundamental components and present a framework for understanding the different categories of narrative conflict and each one’s nature, leading to key insights into how conflict functions as the wellspring of drama. Participants will leave the workshop with new skills for elevating and sustaining the drama of their works by leveraging the conflict categories to create an organic sense of conflict in every scene.
Jumping off from the key insight into the relationship between conflict and drama, after the lunch break we will reveal how to craft a "page turner" novel that keeps readers up way past their bedtimes by exploring the difference between writing that hooks the reader and writing that lets readers off the hook. In this workshop, participants will learn what hooks are all about and the hands-on techniques that enable you to engage the reader's deepest levels of interest, sentence by sentence and scene by scene, and not let go.
Please feel free to bring a lunch. BARN has a refrigerator and a microwave available in the kitchenette on the lower floor.
Jason Black is a Seattle-area developmental editor who has helped scores of writers find the best in their work over the past nine years. Jason teaches writing, story structure, and character development classes through the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. He is a regular speaker at the PNWA Writers’ Conference and a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild’s speakers’ bureau. In addition to his blog, Jason’s articles on writing craft have been featured in PNWA’s Author magazine and the literary journal Line Zero. Jason edits for novelists in all genres, though his own novels, Bread for the Pharaoh, Pebblehoof, and Blackpelt are all middle-grade fiction. Find Jason online at PlotToPunctuation.com, or on Twitter as @p2p_editor.