You will learn:
- to identify your own default resistance to conflict in a story, and how to address it.
- To see the manifestation of a character’s central conflict or dilemma as a framework for ‘plot’.
- To pay attention to avoidance patterns, and turn the tables on them in your writing practice.
- Techniques for addressing writers block.
- To recognize ‘crises’ in your stories as ‘pivotal turning points’ which drive reader engagement.
Please bring along the opening one or two pages of stories you are stuck on, particularly if you are baffled as to why you have reached a sticking point.
About Cate Kennedy
Cate Kennedy is the author of two short story collections, a novel, three poetry collections and a memoir. She has taught extensively on story structure and is currently on the fiction faculty at Pacific University, Oregon, where she teaches in the MFA program. She is interested in all aspects of narrative writing, including how characters come alive for readers and how metaphor operates in fiction. In 2021, she is working on revitalizing and reworking her own stalled and unsatisfying stories.
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