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Anatomy of Ideas: Inspiration, Discovery, and Creation
In this exploratory session, award-winning writer Eric Witchey will discuss the notion and creation of ideas: What ideas are, how they work, how to create them, and when and how to apply the processes of idea generation. You’ll explore processes for taking any story-in-progress and finding a way to exploit its various aspects to create a compelling, completed tale. By the end, you’ll understand the difference between an idea and a thought; the three idea modalities and how to use them; and how all three modalities can be used during inception, composition, revision, and polish of any story.
Eric Witchey is known for his ability to teach clear, useable skills that allow students to create saleable fiction. His seminars and classes grow out of his experience teaching at two universities, a community college, countless conferences, and many private seminars. Working in multiple genres, he has sold over 100 short stories and four novels into national and international markets. Writers of the Future, New Century Writers, Writers Digest, the Eric Hoffer Award Program, Short Story America, the Irish Aeon Awards, and a number of other organizations have honored his work. His how-to articles have appeared in The Writer Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, and other print and on-line magazines.