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Create a Movie in Your Reader’s Mind: The Mysterious Mechanics of Immersion Revealed

Saturday, August 3
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Cascade C

A story writer’s challenge is to immerse readers on page one and keep them turning the pages without realizing it. This immersion effect (the movie in the mind) is achieved via careful placement of well-placed “bits” of story information—setup, backstory, reactions, transitions, actions—that keep readers under the spell. Yet writers often omit important bits, or place them out of order without realizing it, bumping readers out of a story. In this information-packed session, C Lill Ahrens will use successful immersion mechanics of famous writers to show how you can use story information to create and increase tension, propelling readers through a story until the very end.


C. Lill Ahrens

C. Lill Ahrens is an award-winning author, popular writing teacher, and editorial consultant with many award-winning published students and clients. Since 2008 she has given numerous presentations and workshops for writing events and organizations including: South Coast Writers Conference; Oregon Writers Colony; OSU’s Academy for Life Long Learning; Willamette Writers 2017 Conference; Willamette Writers Salem and Coast branches; and her Corvallis home branch, Willamette Writers on the River. Her current project is a graphic how-to-write book, Creating a Movie in Your Reader’s Mind: A Picture Book of Writing Tips. Before becoming a writer, Lill was a graphic artist and published cartoonist.