WORKSHOP 302: FICTION
What Editors Really Want: How to Sharpen the Dramatic Stakes of Your Fiction
All editors say no far more often than yes. But they also are always on the hunt for stories and novels where the situations seem fresh and striking, where dramatic conflict crackles, and stakes are high. The longtime editor of the Kenyon Review, one of the nation’s most revered magazines, will share examples of memorable stories, of plots full of surprise and delight, of characters that remain indelible in readers’ memories. The workshop will provide practical inspiration for attracting editors’ attention. We’ll explore samples from different stories and novels that demonstrate the kinds of topics and dramas that leap out to weary editors. We will also share workshop exercises that allow writers to experiment beyond the typical range of their comfort zones. This is a practical and inspiring session from which writers can learn valuable methods for enlivening their fiction.