July, 2017: Two-Week Intensive on Deep Conflict
Conflict. Conflict. Conflict.
Having heard it again and again, we know conflict creates tension, and tension must be on every page.
So, we’ve written stories filled with murders, thefts, lost hope, arguments, sword fights, gun battles, chase scenes. You name it, we’ve thrown all kinds of conflict into our stories, and we’ve polished up those pages. We sent packages off to agents and editors and indi publishing and we’ve sat back and waited for the bang on the door, the contracts, the advances, the New York Times Best Sellers list.
And we’ve gotten, thank you for your submission, but I just didn’t feel this story enough. Didn’t feel there was enough conflict.
How can that happen? We have murders and arguments and gun fights. We have conflict.
Not necessarily. Murders and arguments and jewel thefts on exotic islands may be aspects of conflict, but aren’t the roots of conflict.
Welcome to the intensive Deep Conflict course that’s going to get you diving deep into conflicts in all levels of your book.
In these two weeks we’ll tackle:
- Understanding what conflict is and isn’t
- Delving into the foundations of conflict
- Implementing tips for structuring conflict for maximum impact
- Using and expanding conflict in all Acts
- Creating conflict in dialogue, setting, and scenes
- Weaving tips and tricks and tools for conflict throughout story
Full of practical tips and interactive lectures, students will have plenty of opportunities to practice theory by submitting work and getting feedback from fellow writers and me.
So come on and let’s get our conflict on.
About Rhay Christou: Two of the things I love are teaching and creative writing. With my MFA in writing from Vermont College, I have had the great fortune to combine them. I’ve taught everything from creative writing to academic writing at the university level as well as writing workshops in the USA and on the lovely island of Cyprus where I live.
I teach three other courses online for Lawson Writer's Academy: Create Compelling Characters, From Blah to Beats: Giving Chapters a Heart, Power Up Your Setting, and Diving into Deep Point of View.