• OCTOBER 17-20, 2024


Even if you’ve fine-tuned the big-picture areas in your manuscript—character, plot, stakes—your story may not be working as effectively as it could. As foundational as these three main tentpoles of story are, without the essential supporting players of story that draw readers in, keep them engaged, and propel them through the story, yours can still fall flat.

This presentation encompasses an in-depth exploration of these “microedit” areas—those elements in both fiction and nonfiction that serve as the engine of story, and where many manuscripts need strengthening: tension and suspense, momentum and pace, showing and telling, point of view, and voice.

Using plenty of specific published examples across many genres, as well as group “live edits” of participants’ work that will show the principles in action—we’ll explore ways to identify where these elements may not be working as effectively as they could, and practical, effective ways to strengthen these areas in your own work.

What you’ll learn

The workshop will cover how and why these essential microedit elements drive and strengthen your story; how to determine whether you’re using them effectively; and specific, actionable ways to address areas that may not be serving your story:

Using ample published examples across a variety of genres, as well as “live edits” of participants’ WIPs and group discussion, this workshop will deepen your mastery of these key story elements and help you make your story as impactful and effective as possible.

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