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"Developing Conflict in Fiction" with Brian Yansky

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Location
St. Edward's University, Moody Hall 204
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

5/27/2017 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM



 

$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

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Online registration for this class has closed. You can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!

Location Note: This class is held in Moody Hall, Room 204. This is a different building from past years' classes at St. Edward's University. You can find a campus map here

 

Though we may want to avoid conflict in real life, it absolutely must be in our fiction. This class will explore two different ways of approaching conflict. Inner conflict, as Faulkner said, is about the human heart in conflict with itself. External conflict, on the other hand, requires that we, in the words of Kurt Vonnegut, be sadistic with our characters so we can see what they're made of --which hints at the numerous unpleasant situations we can put a character through. The goal is to keep the reader turning pages and developing what the story is all about.

In this class, students will identify and discuss different kinds of conflict (conflict with loved ones, enemies, society, nature, technology, and the supernatural) and how to use them in novels and stories. 

 

About the instructor: 

Brian Yansky is the author of five published YA novels and over a dozen short stories for adults. His last three novels were published by Candlewick Press  (Utopia, Iowa, 2015; Homicidal Aliens and Other Disappointments, 2013; Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences, 2010.) His stories have been published in Literal Latte, The Crescent Review and other literary magazines. He teaches writing at Austin Community College.


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The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit www.stedwards.edu.