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: Building Six-Layered Scenes and Combining Them Into Short, Short Stories
Saturday, May 18 from 1-5 pm & Sunday, May 19, 9-1 pm

Writing stories is like making a cake. You need the layers before you can assemble it into a thing of taste and beauty. In this seminar, we will be baking six layered scenes composed of the following techniques: Opposition Pairs, Tactic Groups, Conflict Sets, Static Background, Dynamic Background, and Dynamic Foreground. Then we’ll layer these to manage scenes and deliver a sharp shock in short, short stories. We will create a story using these techniques as a group, and individually. Then, we will use the same techniques to analyze and revise the stories we’ve created. The class will also begin the exploration of connecting scenes together into larger stories. You are encouraged to bring your own scenes and/or short-short stories of less than 1000 words for the analysis and revision exercise.
June Seminar: Controlling Story and Theme in Short and Long Fiction
Saturday, June 22 from 1-5 pm & Sunday, June 23, 9-1 pm
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). This seminar builds on the foundations of Opposition Pairs, Tactic Groups, and Conflict Sets (discussed in April) and adds principles of deep character psychology to manage themes, and then link multiple scenes together to create short stories. We will create a story as a group, and individuals may, if you’re quick, create a short story. During the revision section of the seminar, we will explore these methods to diagnose and revise our works in progress. You are encouraged to bring your own stories in progress to use in 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
Whether you are a planner or a pantser, Control Statements can be an excellent tool. For planners, they make a fabulous beginning place for creating short or long work, and for pantsers, they make excellent analysis and revision tools for existing stories. 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
This one is all about tips and tricks to revise your stories for stronger characters! Learn 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 with revision 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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