Larry Brooks


Larry Brooks is the author of two writing books, Story Engineering and Story Physics, and the creator of, a popular fiction craft website.  He has presented workshops for the Writers Digest West Coach Conference, Write on the River, the Willamette Writers Conference, the Oregon Writers Colony and a variety of other writing groups nationwide. His newest novel is Deadly Faux, from Turner Publishing, which is also re-releasing his backlist of five titles.

SiWC Workshops

Sunday 9:30am

The vocabulary used to discuss "how we write stories" is often imprecise and distorted, to an extent that many writers don't understand (and thus, don't benefit from) the fundamental differences between concept and premise (yes, they ARE different animals), or concept and theme, or any other number of necessary story elements and skills.  This workshop will clarify the vernacular and deliver the power of understanding how these terms define very specific story nuances, the leverage of which can make the difference between a story that simply works and one that works well enough to stand out and find a publisher and a readership.

Friday 1:30pm

This inescapable phase of the story-building process is often (and dangerously) melded into the drafting process, which can push the criteria and benchmarks of effective storytelling behind the more visible and rewarding task (because writing is fun, right?) of generating the narrative itself.  This workshop will define and segregate all three phases of story development (the "search for story" being the first and the most critical; and yes, "drafting" is one way to get it done, but not the only way...) while culling out those criteria and benchmarks, thus empowering the remaining two phases.  This knowledge is useful even when the writer processes all three simultaneously, turning potential chaos into storytelling law and order.  The issue isn't whether you plan or pants your story... it's knowing the difference between searching for vs. the discovery of the story itself, no matter how you go about it.