June, 2019: Two-Week Intensive: Killing It with Conflict


Instructor:  Rhay Christou, MFA

June 17 – 30;  Fee:  $60

Two-Week Intensive:  Killing It With Conflict

Conflict. Conflict. Conflict.

Conflict, conflict, conflict builds tension. 

We’ve heard the tension-refrain at conferences, in workshops and in books. We know we must have tension. Tension on every page.

So, we wrote stories filled with murders, thefts, lost hope, arguments, sword
fights, gun battles, chase scenes. 

You name it, we threw all kinds
of conflict into our stories, and we polished up those pages. 

We sent out packages to agents and editors and indi-publishers. 

We sat
back and waited for the bang on the door, the contracts, the advances,
the New York Times Best Sellers list.

And we got, 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?  With murders, and arguments, and gun fights, we have conflict. 

Don’t we?


Welcome to the  Killing It With Conflict

In 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.


Rhay Christou


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