Writing Around the Edges (And Going Down the Rabbit Holes) in Fiction


Sometimes the best way to develop your story is to write around the edges of it, to discover the world around the plot, the history of characters, the provenance of an object.  In other words, sometimes you have to explore ideas that won't go directly on the page but will flavor everything else that does. The map of the old house, the contents of the bedside table, the one missing from the family photographs – none of these are focused directly on the plot, yet they often hold the key to that elusive plot point or reveal the subconscious drives behind your character's actions. Why?  Because in a well-written story, everything connects.  If writing is weaving, then every character, every event, and every object is a thread that strengthens the whole.

This workshop is best suited to writers well into their draft, whether that is a novel or a short story. Writers should leave the workshop with a new understanding of their work and a clear path to revision.

In this workshop, we will generate new writing through exercises and assignments.

Middle Grade
Science Fiction
Short Story
Speculative Fiction
Young Adult
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