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November 2019

Saturday Night Write: Story vs. Situation

November 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Flying Fish, 300 E Abram St
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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Saturday Night Write meets on the third Saturday of each month to provide instruction and encouragement to writers in the community surrounding UT Arlington (and anyone else who wants to drive out to meet up with us).  Our discussion leader presents a structured topic and background research to spark interactive participation, focusing on various aspects of craft.  Everyone is welcome to join us for these FREE events. How do you decide if your WIP has a sound plot that moves your character properly…

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Seminar: High Stakes Plotting

November 24 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

You know there needs to be something at stake in your plot, but are those stakes high enough to keep the reader engaged?  Are the stakes getting higher as your story progresses?  Will readers be on the edge of their seats, so invested in what is happening to your character that they feel like they’re living the events of your story?  We will focus on setting stakes appropriate to your genre and creating plot points that highlight those stakes. This interactive seminar, suitable…

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December 2019

Seminar: Managing the Passage of Time

December 8 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Some stories take place in a matter of days, or even hours.  Others are multi-generational epics.  And yet, both need to fit into the number of pages you get for a book manuscript or screenplay.  So how do you manage the progression of time?  We will focus on utilizing effective pacing techniques. This interactive seminar, suitable for fiction writers, screenwriters and memoir writers, will also offer answers to: How can chapter breaks function as time jumps? How can I handle time compression/dilation? What are…

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Saturday Night Write: Whose Story Should It Be?

December 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Flying Fish, 300 E Abram St
Arlington, TX 76010 United States
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Saturday Night Write meets on the third Saturday of each month to provide instruction and encouragement to writers in the community surrounding UT Arlington (and anyone else who wants to drive out to meet up with us).  Our discussion leader presents a structured topic and background research to spark interactive participation, focusing on various aspects of craft.  Everyone is welcome to join us for these FREE events. Whose story should it be.  How do you decide which character should be your protagonist.  If…

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January 2020

North Texas RWA: Archetypes vs. Cliche

January 18, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
La Hacienda Ranch, 5251 Hwy 121
Colleyville, TX 76034 United States
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Archetypes can be used as a shortcut to character development, which is effective as long as you build on this "template" with your unique voice and viewpoint to make a real person.  We will discuss how you can use archetype without falling into cliche.  What are some of the worst character cliches you've seen?  On the other hand, who are some of your favorite characters?  Do you know what archetype to which they would likely belong?

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