Warfare For Writers: Some basics for the writer who sends characters into battle.
This workshop tackles three elements of this very vast subject, in separate sections:
• “A Catechism for the Semi-Clueless” addresses the fundamentals of military science: What is War? Why are there units? Why officers? What are strategy, tactics, logistics and camp-followers? Other basic definitions will be addressed, but most importantly we’ll ask ‘What Does This Mean For My Writing?’ for each element.
• “Fortifications 101” is a slide show lecture, discussing defenses through history. There will be naming of parts, with a focus on the nine essential elements that tend to be missing when you visit castles, forts and bastions today.
• “Getting Combat on the Page” will be writing exercises, to put theory into practice. We’ll break battle down into modular parts, and consider what to show the reader, and what to spare them. We’ll remind ourselves that battle is our opportunity to stress our fictional characters in a nicely extreme environment.
Timons Esaias is a satirist, poet, essayist and short fictionabulator. His works have appeared in twenty languages. A finalist for the BSFA, and winner of the Asimov’s Readers Award for poetry, his story “Norbert and the System” has appeared in a textbook, and in college curricula. He teaches in the Seton Hill University MFA in Writing Popular Fiction.