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March 2020

Tone, Voice, and Mood: Not Just for Angsty Teens

March 5 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, 900 E Market St.
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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So often, agents, editors, and well-meaning critique partners or beta readers provide vague feedback along the lines of “the voice on this piece doesn’t feel genuine,” or “this doesn’t strike the right tone,” without any specifics to back up their statements, as if knowledge of tone, mood, and voice is built into a writer’s DNA. In this craft-based session, the panelists define these ambiguous concepts using concrete examples, allowing writers to revise their work in a deeper way.

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April 2020

Character Desire: What Your Character Wants, Needs, and Doesn’t Even Know She’s Missing

April 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Heritage Park Visitor’s Center, 24915 Farmington Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48336 United States
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Romance novels have given a whole different connotation to the word “desire,” but desire in literature doesn’t have anything to do with intimate relationships or lust. Without it, there is no character growth, no forward movement of plot, no obstacles to be overcome. In this workshop, we’ll do hands-on exercises to learn what the three prongs of desire are; how desire impacts tension, character agency, and the climax of the story; and how to incorporate all these elements into your…

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