Exploiting the Existing Text (November Fiction Fluency Seminar)

Exploiting the Existing Text with Eric Witchey

Become an expert revision-er in this November Fiction Fluency Seminar.

What do you do when a story should work, but it doesn’t? How can you recalibrate your existing text to make the best of what you have? This is the high-level revision course you’ve been looking for! After the story has been written, i.e, once you’ve got a second or third draft, the goal of revision shifts. It’s all about adjusting the levers, the tiny details, through controlled experiments until the balance is just right. What should you keep? What should you cut? And most importantly, what are the impacts of these decisions upon your readers emotional responses? We will discuss the difference between “dramatically complete” and the “emotional best form,” we will learn about re-visioning, found symbols, the exploitation of refrains, screen tests, false scenes, extreme testing, and management of levers, ratchets, buttons, and motifs. Most important–Bring a story for analysis and a paired workshop!

Note: This seminar revisits many concepts from earlier in the year, so some understanding of previous material in the series will amplify the usefulness to you. In particular, you should be familiar with Top-Down revision, Control Statements, Reader Acquisition Patterns, and ED ACE. However no prior seminars are required. Join us!

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, November 9,
1-5 pm
Sunday, November 10,
9-1 pm

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

Members $249
Non Members $279


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