The Art of Developing Great Conflict

Instructor:  Sharon Mignerey

Conflict … the foundation of great fiction. Models abound:

Goal, Motivation, & Conflict (Debra Dixon)

Goal, Conflict, & Disaster (Dwight Swain)

Three levels of Conflict (Robert McKee)

Not to mention inner conflict and outer conflict and story conflict. We all know what it is.

Still, the rejections come with notes to the effect of “the conflict between the characters just isn’t strong enough” or “the characters don/t struggle enough” or “the conflict isn’t believable.”

This workshop focuses on how to build believable conflict, how to test a character’s behavior in the midst of conflict, and how to keep the tension escalating to the story climax. .