Fiction Fluency II: Control and Production
The four-class Fiction Fluency II Series allows participants to recognize and build patterns of success that support reader experience in all stories. The series begins with small, controllable short, short stories and then adds techniques that will support control of longer short fiction and novels. Creation, analysis, and revision will be explored in each class.
May Seminar: Six-Layered Scenes
Saturday, May 18 from 1-5 pm & Sunday, May 19, 9-1 pm

In the previous four seminars, we’ve collected our motivation, mixed our characters, poured in their deep-drivers, and placed them into the literary oven of the scene. Once you’ve baked a story, there’s assembling to be done, and it’s important to sequence the layers and scenes appropriately so that the cake (ahem, story) can stand, and elicit an appropriate emotional response. In this seminar, we will be baking six layered scenes–with the following techniques: Opposition Pairs, Tactic Groups, Conflict Sets, Static Background, Dynamic Background, and Dynamic Foreground–we’ll layer these to deliver a complex, delicious shock to the taste buds in short, short stories, and then we’ll eat them too! Bring a story to deconstruct. After all, you have to taste a cake to make sure it’s good.  For the analysis and revision portion, you are encouraged to bring your own scenes and/or short, short stories of less than 1000 words.
June Seminar: Controlling Story and Theme in Short and Long Fiction
Saturday, June 22 from 1-5 pm & Sunday, June 23, 9-1 pm
What we notice first in a story is its emotional impact. But how do we create that? In the end it’s about patterns. In this seminar, we’ll learn the structures to recognize whether a pattern is complete, and make sure we’ve threaded the theme throughout. We’ll employ principles of deep character psychology to manage themes, and then link multiple scenes together to create short stories. We’ll use “control statements” to determine what does and doesn’t belong, and create a diagnostic system for stories.  This seminar is at the intermediate level, for those already familiar with the ideas of “Premise” and “Irreconcilable Self” in short fiction (discussed in March), and it builds on the foundations of “Opposition Pairs,” “Tactic Groups,” and “Conflict Sets” (discussed in April). We will create a story as a group, and, if you’re quick, you’ll create a short story. During the revision section of the seminar, we will explore these methods to revise our works in progress. Diagnose your story! You are encouraged to bring your own works in progress for the analysis and revision portion of this seminar.
July Seminar: Developing Story Top-down and Bottom-up
Saturday, July 20 from 1-5 pm & Sunday, July 21, 9-1 pm
This one is the rocket launcher for your writing! Whether you are a planner or a pantser, once you master Control Statements you’ll be able to fix any spaceship– sorry, story – starting with grand thematic designs OR with the tiny details. Essentially, we will be using the diagnostic elements from last seminar in reverse, to generate material: from blueprint to bolts, or bolts to blueprints. We will also talk about how to create and revise cognitively or intuitively. This seminar makes use of material presented in previous Fiction Fluency classes and seminars; specifically, the ED ACE tool (from April’s seminar) and the “control concepts” (presented in June’s seminar) will be applied repeatedly.
August Seminar: Manifesting Character in Text (Through Voice, Tone, Distance, Subjectivity, and Choice of Person)
Saturday, August 17 from 1-5 pm & Sunday, August 18 , 9-1 pm
Have you noticed that your characters sound like you? It’s hard to sing through the mouth of somebody else! This seminar will help you make your characters believable on a line by line basis, teach you to use psychology to figure out how your character would speak: how to tie their deep drives to the nitty gritty details. Learn how to manage psychic distance in your third person narration, and get techniques for revision based on the themes, characters, and the conflicts within. We will use the “Because, Because” tool to explore character and consequent choices, and we’ll experiment to reveal the impact of these various choices on a reader’s experience. We’ll talk extensively about how to decide the voice, tone, distance, subjectivity, and person both prior to composition and during revisions, and discuss how these changes can ripple through the story. This seminar assumes familiarity with ED ACE (April’s Seminar), Control Statements (June’s Seminar), and Character Drivers (March).

Take one seminar, a set of four seminars, or the entire series.
  • Individual Seminar  $249
  • Seminar Term (4 Seminars) $899  (save $99)
  • Whole Seminar Series  $2199  (save 25%)
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