PRE-CONFERENCE INTENSIVE: THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019
9:00 am to 4:00 pm, lunch included, noon to 1:00 pm
The Crafts of Fiction: The Nuts, the Bolts, and Hoisting the Girders into Place
This instructor thinks vague writing advice doesn’t help you put words on the page, and he knows that what folks really need are Tools That They Can Use. This workshop will emphasize a wide variety of specific procedures to get the story on the page, and then rewrite it into a publishable product. There will be exercises, examples, tricks, and warnings. The plan is to touch on ALL the major crafts that go into fiction, and to take actual steps toward mastery.
Subjects to include:
• A variety of approaches to the First Draft, because there is no single path
• Finding a Plot [using Orson Scott Card’s MICE Quotient, and elements of my “Muddle in the Middle” workshop]
• Characterization [with very specific devices]
• Description [again, with specific devices]
• Point of View [which is the whole shooting match, for crying out loud] & Tim’s POV Voice Chart
• Non-neutrality [which includes injecting Conflict, because the life of a fictional character must be hard]
• Diction [Using the right word doesn’t mean using a word from the Thesaurus that you don’t actually understand] & Dialogue
• Those pesky final edits
• Exercises on most or all of the above
Workshop benefits include an Esaias critique of ten manuscript pages for each registered participant [submitted either before or after the workshop], and access to a number of Esaias’s written lecturelets. Also malt balls, for participation.
It is suggested that participants bring some of their own text to work on during the workshop.
Timons Esaias is a satirist, poet, essayist and short fictionator. His works have appeared in twenty languages. He won the Asimov’s Readers Award and the Louis Award for poetry and was a finalist for the BSFA. He teaches in the Seton Hill University MFA in Writing Popular Fiction.
Pittsburgh Airport Marriott Hotel, May 17-19.