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Character IS Conflict

Join Eric Witchey and learn how behavior is character psychology, manifested through opposing agendas.

Upcoming Date(s)

Tuesday, March 14
3-4:30 PM Pacific Time

Thursday, March 23
6-7:30 PM Pacific Time

Workshops will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A with Eric.

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Members $15 | Nonmembers $25

Registration closes two days before each workshop (March 11 and March 20)

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Have you ever heard or read a critique of your work and received results like, “Why did they do…,” “So-and-so is kind of flat,” “It was sort of slow here,” or “I couldn’t get into it?” In this seminar, award-winning author Eric Witchey will drill down to the root causes of these types of results while presenting both a high-level abstraction of the agenda-in-opposition nature of conflict and techniques for managing agendas through Tactics. During the seminar, we will look at Conflict Set emotional/psychological agendas, inputs, and outputs then what the narrated choices and Tactics reveal about character.

This workshop will include some theory, some demonstration, and some fun hands-on experimentation. Participants will leave with insights into their own use of conflict and how to experiment with conflict elements in order to find the right match between character and behavior for a specific moment in the story.

Based on his background in theoretical linguistics, his experience selling fiction in 12 genres, and knowledge gleaned from creativity science and cognitive science, Eric Witchey has put together a group of practical tools writers can use to enhance, develop, and improve their productivity and results.


This stand-alone workshop will offer participants 2 hrs of focused instruction, and give writers who are interested in the Fiction Fluency Seminar Series an opportunity to meet Eric and experience his teaching style. Eric will answer questions about the Fiction Fluency Seminar Series after the workshop.

About Eric Witchey

Eric Witchey has sold stories under several names and in 12 genres. His tales have been translated into multiple languages, and his credits include over 170 stories, including 5 novels and two collections.

Eric has penned dozens of writing-related articles and essays and taught more than 200 conference seminars, as well as at universities and community colleges.

His work has received recognition from New Century Writers, Writers of the Future, Writer’s Digest, Independent Publisher Book Awards, International Book Awards, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award Program, Short Story America, the Irish Aeon Awards, and other organizations.

His how-to articles have appeared in The Writer Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, and other print and online magazines.

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Fiction Fluency students receive:

  • MFA-level craft instruction without the time/financial commitment of a degree.
  • Direct Access to an Expert Teacher.
  • A community cohort of fellow writers who are committed to their craft.
  • Guided time to write and produce new work.