WRITING THE INCREDIBLE: In this seminar, we focus on writing stories about unrealistic characters. The stories may or may not take place in incredible settings. We consider a variety of genres including historical and urban fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, horror, and children’s novels. Think: The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Carrie, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dracula, and The Tin Drum. We analyze the techniques of top authors, try out newly learned writing techniques with short exercises, and collectively brainstorm and discuss as we go. Participants may opt to bring an opening page or two that they have written themselves for feedback, in which case the seminar will run an extra half hour.


Duration: One afternoon, three hours


Write to workshop (at) keithbooks (plus the usual dot com) with the subject line “Incredible” for more information.


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