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Elizabeth Lyon Speaks about Subtext in Newport
September 20, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WORKSHOP TITLE AND DESCRIPTION
Character + Scene + Subtext = Suspense and Theme
Crafting a character personality is a good beginning but shallow. Weaving hidden motivations, contradictory goals, and unmet psychological needs into each scene will engage hearts and minds, and keep suspense high. If characters, scenes, and plots are treated as separate parts, the result is a disjointed story. Through lively brainstorming, we will create a story that
· Joins character and scene in plot and moves them through time
· Connects settings, props, symbolism, and character relationships
· Tests alternate character personalities with different outcomes.
You’ll have a chance to apply what we’ve covered to your own story (or build on the class-created one) through writing prompts.
Sunday, September 20, from 2-4, in the McEntee Room of the Newport Public Library
Elizabeth Lyon, a book editor since 1988, has worked with hundreds of writers, seeing book publication by over 60 writers. Lyon has written many books on craft and marketing of fiction and nonfiction, including Manuscript Makeover, selected by The Writer’s reviewer as “perhaps the most comprehensive book on revising fiction,” the Sell Your Novel Tool Kit, and bestselling Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write. She is the author of two short books, Writing Subtext and Crafting Titles. She lives in Springfield and is presently working on a memoir about becoming a book editor–the hard way. www.elizabethlyon.com