Virtual Events


REGISTER: SELF-EDITING—WHAT EDITORS SEE THAT YOU DON'T SEE

 Using her extensive experience of developmental and line editing for   publishers and private clients, Michelle Buckman will provide   concrete examples of the entire scope of what an editor sees when   looking at manuscripts. Beginning with examples of changing   passable writing to excellent prose, then following through to the   overall plot and character development of a novel, as well as   examining the theme and takeaway of a nonfiction submission, this   workshop explains what an editor sees when you submit a   manuscript. Michelle will post both fiction and nonfiction samples   with detailed explanations of what needs to be done to improve the   writing. This workshop will send you back to your own manuscript   with a critical eye aimed at making your work shine. 


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 REGISTER: THE SUBTLE ART OF SUSPENSE

 In this workshop, we'll cover:

  • Setting the scene: suspenseful scenes and how use them;
  • How cliffhangers keep us hooked;
  • Building suspense through characters: how classic villains use our darkest fears, such as being eaten, or worse;
  • Building suspense in subtle ways: adding suspense into any genre with subtle conflict;
  • Building suspense through dialogue: how clipped dialogue can speed up the action and build suspense; 
  • Classic elements of suspense: –the hallway–the smells–the terror–why horror works;
  • What’s behind the door: making the big reveal just as exciting as that trip down the hall;
  • What’s in the box? Writing the ending to the opening story.


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