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Ten Easy Steps to Writing Timely and Provocative Stories

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2000 Edwards Street

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INSTRUCTOR: Marian Szczepanski
TIME: Saturday, April 27th, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, April 22nd: $85 for members, $100 for non-members. After Monday, April 22nd: $100 for members, $115 for non-members. Become a member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

Have you ever felt as if you’ve run out of ideas? Are you working on a story that doesn’t excite you? Or do the ideas you’re considering seem stale, uninspiring or like a pale imitation of something that’s already been done? If so, then this workshop is for you.

All you need to inspire fresh fiction is a bit of practice reading between the (head)lines and the imagination to think, hmmmm, what if…

In this workshop we will discuss examples of fiction by well-known writers who created rich, compelling stories inspired in some way by actual events. Then we’ll start with Step 1: choosing an event that interests, angers, intrigues, frightens or otherwise captures your attention—anything from warfare to the weather. Armed with that premise, you’ll accomplish in-class exercises to develop a cast of characters, brainstorm problems to complicate their lives, and flesh out the setting in which they operate. The ten steps we will be learning apply to ALL genres of fiction, including literary, mainstream, romance, historical, whodunit, fantasy, and science fiction.

If possible, please bring a newspaper or magazine article that interests you, including any relevant photos. Alternatively, you can print a piece from HuffPo, BuzzFeed, The Daily Beast or your favorite online news or feature source. If you aren’t able to bring something, don’t worry, as we will also have a large selection of newspaper clippings available to choose from. Please bring your writing tool of choice—laptop, tablet, pen/paper, etc.




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