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Sunday, April 7 • 10:00am - 11:15am
9B: Crossing Paths: The Map of Opportunity in Story
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One of the earliest meanings of the word “plot” is “an area or piece of ground, especially one used for some special purpose.” Whether the setting of your story is a real location, entirely invented, or somewhere in between, learning how to think about place, movement, and territoriality can help you to handle aspects of plot that worry writers, like coincidence, chance, dramatic action, and satisfying resolution. We’ll look at how the map of your story (short story, novel, play, memoir, or narrative nonfiction) can open up scenic invention and opportunities to test and reveal characters, make change plausible, and build underlying coherence and meaning.

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Lynne Barrett

Lynne Barrett's third story collection Magpies received the Florida Book Awards fiction gold medal. Her handbook What Editors Want guides writers through the submissions process, and she’s editor of the nonfiction anthology Making Good Time: True Stories of How We Do (and Don’t... Read More →

Sunday April 7, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am EDT
Stuart Room - 4th Floor