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“Stir Things Up: Creating Conflict in Fiction” with Brian Yansky

March 14, 2020 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

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This class is part of the “Strengthen Your Narrative Punch” Class Package and will not be available for individual purchase until January 30. To purchase the discounted class package, click here.

Want to give your readers that white-knuckle experience?

Feeling tense as you read that novel? Chances are, this is because the writer has created meaningful conflict and is skillfully letting it play out in a scene. William Faulkner said, in his Nobel prize speech, “The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself” and who am I to argue with the great writer? But the human heart is in conflict with a whole lot of other things in fiction: people, society, government, the natural world, the supernatural world, to name a few. As writers we can use conflict not just to cause tension but to create and develop characters and create and develop story and complicate setting—in a good way. If we drill down into sentences, conflict can even be used to enliven language.  If your fiction seems to lose momentum in places or just seems to lack something that you can’t quite put your finger on, the problem might just be that you don’t have enough conflict or the right conflict. We’ll tackle this essential aspect of writing fiction in this class.

TAKE THIS CLASS IF

  • You’re writing a novel in any genre.
  • The plot feels like it’s lacking something.
  • The story isn’t as gripping as you’d like it to be.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS INSTRUCTOR

  • “Fabulous Information!”
  • “He related his information to other popular stories we all knew.”

Instructor

Brian Yansky is the author of five published YA novels and over a dozen short stories for adults. His last three novels were published by Candlewick Press  (Utopia, Iowa, 2015; Homicidal Aliens and Other Disappointments, 2013; Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences, 2010.) His stories have been published in Literal LatteThe Crescent Review and other literary magazines. He teaches writing at Austin Community College.

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HOW WLT CLASSES WORK:

Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven’t taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email WLT Program Director Sam Babiak at sam@writersleague.org if you’d like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

HOW ONLINE CLASSES WORK:

Once you register for the class, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions no later than 48 hours before the class date. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can’t attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one month after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE. 

Plan to log in to the online platform several hours before the class so that you can update your software or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually only take a few minutes, but you don’t want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at wlt@writersleague.org.

Cultural Arts City of Austin

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

Texas Commission on the Arts

Writers’ League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts – Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.

National Endowment for the Arts

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.

Details

Date:
March 14, 2020
Time:
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
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Venue

St. Edward’s University
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704 United States
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