Controlling Story and Theme (June Fiction Fluency Seminar)

Controlling Story and Theme with Eric Witchey

Link your scenes to form patterns that elicit emotional responses in your reader with the June Fiction Fluency Seminar.

What we notice first in a story is its emotional impact. But how do we create that? In the end, it’s about patterns. In this seminar, we’ll learn the structures to recognize whether a pattern is complete, and make sure we’ve threaded the theme throughout to hold it together. We’ll employ principles of deep character psychology to manage themes, and then link multiple scenes together to create short stories. We’ll use “control statements” to determine what does and doesn’t belong, and create a diagnostic system for stories. This seminar is at the intermediate level, and will include the ideas of “Premise” and “Irreconcilable Self,” “Opposition Pairs,” “Tactic Groups,” and “Conflict Sets.” Knowledge of these terms helps, but is not required to attend. We will create a story as a group, and, if you’re quick, you’ll create a short story of your own. During the revision section of the seminar, we will explore these methods to revise our works in progress. Diagnose your story! You are encouraged to bring your own works in progress for the analysis and revision portion of this seminar.

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, June 22
1-5 pm
Sunday, June 23,
9-1 pm

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

Members $249
Non Members $279

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