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Sunday, May 1 • 10:00am - 11:15am
9L: Secrets and Lies FILLING

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Secret, lies, evasions, deceptions: what’s hidden and how it emerges fuel narrative drive and tension in stories, whether the subject is concealment within a relationship or who committed a murder, the outcome comic or tragic. In this workshop we’ll look at the set up of secrets and some of the many options for when and how they come out, partially or fully. We’ll discuss clues, misinterpretations, discoveries, revelations, suspense, surprise, and what’s known when by which characters and the reader. We’ll focus, especially, on how this relates to the writer’s choices about structure and presentation: point of view, placement of information about the past, what’s onstage and off, narrative disclosure, and outcome. Though this class will use examples from fiction, film, and drama, the content is also useful to those writing memoir or narrative non-fiction.

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Lynne Barrett

Lynne Barrett’s most recent story collection is Magpies (Gold Medal, Florida Book Awards). What Editors Want, a guide to submitting to literary magazines based on her widely recommended essay in The Review Review, is now out in book form. She edited Tigertail: Florida Flash, co-edited Birth: A Literary Companion, and is editor of The Florida Book Review. She has received the Edgar Award for best mystery story and a National Endowment for... Read More →

Sunday May 1, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Whittier Room