Thank you, Susan Kelly – Member’s Notes

Susan Kelly at WWotR April 2014 1Willamette Writers on the River had a fabulous 2-hour workshop with Susan Kelly last Monday evening (April 20th).

The following comments are from Willamette Writers member, Martha Miller, in reference to Susan’s presentation:

Susan Kelly, a Vancouver, B.C. writer and developmental editor, gave a delightful presentation Monday night to a full house at the Willamette Writers on the River meeting in Corvallis, Oregon.

Her topic, “Beginnings and Ends” included a check list for writers to consider when writing a manuscript. She explained the inciting (“exciting”)  incident—the event without which there would be
no story––the hero’s wound, the hero’s arc, and the necessity for struggle and conflict in all fiction, as well as engaging the heart and mind in the opening lines or paragraph.

She emphasized the proper use of backstory and flashback in fiction, and reminded us of the contract a writer has with her reader: to fulfill the promise of her genre. 

All of us hope Susan Kelly will return to Corvallis soon and share her wit and wisdom with us. 


Martha Miller’s novel Murder at Cape Foulweather (Fat Lady Press) is available for Kindle, as a paperback edition at, and for the Nook, iBook and other formats.

From all of us at WWotR: thank you, Susan!


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