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Saturday, April 30 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
6K: Those Scaffolds Aren't for the Hanging: Using Dramatic Structure in Fiction FILLING

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Story structure is a taboo subject in a discussion of literary fiction, and yet is (sadly) all too often lacking in beginning manuscripts. Using tools from multiple genres and forms, this session will set out to demystify the process of dramatic structure. What makes a novel go? How do we know characters by what they do (rather than what we are told about them)? What do your characters want, specfically? And how do their efforts to get what they want go horribly, spectacularly, entertainly wrong? What are the four ways to end a scene? What does "scene and sequel" mean? You can expect to leave the session with practical tools to work on your story engine, as well as a confidence about tackling that novel you've always wanted to write. A novel-in-progress is not a prerequisite--you only need a healthy imagination and a willingness to sail into unfamiliar waters.

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Sunil Yapa

Author, YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST
Sunil Yapa’s debut novel Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist is the lead title for Lee Boudreaux’s eponymous new imprint, Lee Boudreaux Books at Little, Brown & Company. The publication date is January 2016.  | | Sunil Yapa holds a BA in economic geography from Penn State University, and received his MFA in Fiction from Hunter College in New York City in 2010, where he worked with Peter Carey, Colum McCann, Claire... Read More →


Saturday April 30, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
White Hill Room