The Craft of Fiction

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The Craft of Fiction


Every story of every length has four main ingredients: beginning, middle, end and transformation. For longer works of fiction, especially novels, more ingredients are added to the recipe, including: momentum and pacing, sustaining tension, character development, and emotional complexity. In this workshop, award-winning fiction writer Calla Devlin will explore how to tackle that big idea and what it takes to finish a novel-length work, from outlining a first draft to putting the finishing touches on a manuscript ready for submission.

The purpose of this workshop, open to all levels of experience, is to focus on the craft of fiction, allowing each student to learn the basics of novel writing. Together, we will generate new material and refine the writing generated in the workshop. Beginners will learn the elements of fiction and more advanced students will dig deep into craft and hone their skills. With a special focus on character, plot, voice, and narrative drive, each student will have the opportunity to grow through writing exercises, reading (very short) pieces, sharing your work, as well as providing feedback for the other members of the class.

When: Friday, November 3rd, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Saturday, November 4th, 9:30am-3:30pm (Lunch break at noon)

Sunday, November 5th, 9:30am-3:30pm (Lunch break at noon)

Where: The Wallace House, 756 16th St, Des Moines, IA 50314

Cost: $265 ($235 early bird pricing through September 1st)

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