Quick Fixes for Fantastic Fiction and Memorable Memoir

Conference Workshop

Many writers are surprised to learn that quick-fix techniques can produce amazing and instant improvements in style, structure, and characterization. While some revising requires elbow grease and agonizing hours, this workshop with Elizabeth Lyon focuses on maximum results for minimum effort. Improving style can be lots of fun. After using a reach-and-riff technique, you’ll learn how to make the tumblers roll until they lock onto the best lexicon for a particular passage or character. When does a scene deserve development, or deletion? How do you tuck emotions into action? What keeps the reader on the hook? The engine of all successful stories is characterization. We’ll apply a list of ways to transform cardboard cutouts of characters (or the author in memoir) into breathing, living characters that readers will care about.