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Sunday, August 9 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
How Objects Help Tell the Story

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What is Lord of the Rings without the RING, Cinderella without GLASS SLIPPERS? These iconic objects are shorthand for legendary stories that could not be told without them. Objects (sometimes called a plot-devices) in fiction writing can be overly done, however a well-crafted plot device, or one that emerges naturally from the setting or characters of the story, can enrich the story and provide an added layer of reader satisfaction. Objects can help establish a character’s values, which informs their choices. Students will learn to create a narrative for an object in a character’s life, how that object can be backstory shorthand, enhance storytelling, help eliminate pages of narration and aid in telling a more layered tale. In this workshop we will use lots of visuals to help students get started, real life examples from literature to recognize how often this plot device is skillfully used, and how one can utilize vision-boards in story creation. Vision boards can keep your images/objects alive in your mind as you write.

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Mindy Halleck

Mindy Halleck is a Pacific Northwest author and instructor. Her novel Return to Sender, was a featured debut novel in Kirkus Review Magazine, January 2015. As an inspirational instructor, she urges writers to embrace social media early in their professional endeavors, and skillfully... Read More →

Sunday August 9, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT

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