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Building Scenes to Stress your Characters (April Fiction Fluency Seminar)

Building Scenes to Stress Your Characters with Eric Witchey.

Keep your reader invested by building scenes to stress your characters with the April Fiction Fluency Seminar!

So you’ve created characters with deep, conflicting drives. Fantastic! But they can’t just sit in a room. You’ll need to set them into action to keep your readers invested. Psychology and emotion are the driving forces for not only your characters (as we discuss in March), but your scenes as well. As readers, and people, we’re hardwired to expect certain patterns in order to build a story in our hearts and minds. To establish these kinds of patterns in your writing, we will learn about Opposition Pairs (a.k.a., dialectic pairs), Tactic Groups, Conflict Sets, and the use of the “ED ACE” tool (ED ACE stands for Emotion drives Decision drives Action drives Conflict creates new Emotion.) for managing each. We will use it to analyze published material, diagnose existing material, and to create new material.ere.

About the Instructor

Award-winning writer Eric Witchey’s background in theoretical linguistics, course development, and creative writing combine with over 27 years of full-time freelance experience to allow him to distill nebulous concepts normally attributed to talent or internalized through years of trial-and-error into clear, executable techniques writers can begin to practice immediately. These techniques have been tested in the marketplace, and he has sold 2 collections, 5 novels, and 150 short stories. His stories have appeared under several names, in multiple languages, and on 6 continents. Using the techniques he teaches, he has garnered many awards and accolades, including recognition from Writer’s of the Future, New Century Writers, Short Story America, the International Book Awards, the Independent Publishers Book Awards, the Irish Aeon Awards, Writer’s Digest Awards, the Eric Hoffer Prose Awards, and a number of other organizations. His fiction how-to articles have appeared in Writer’s Digest, The Writer Magazine, and other print and online sources.


Saturday, April 6
1-5 pm
Sunday, April 7
9-1 pm

Wordcrafters in Eugene Workshop
425 Lincoln St. | Eugene OR, 97401

Members $249
Non Members $279

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