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"Plot in Character-Driven Fiction" with Brian Yansky

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ACC Highland Campus, rm 2210
6101 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752

4/4/2015 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Note: Online registration is now closed for this event. If you wish to attend, there are still a few seats available for purchase at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early and pay with a check (made out to Writers' League of Texas).

$49 for members
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$109 for nonmembers

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Note: Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, April 2. After that 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!

Characters are the heart of fiction. We remember and feel passionate about novels because of the characters. But one problem for writers who write character driven fiction is that they often don’t really understand how to find a plot for those characters to struggle through. So they have interesting characters but a dull or static plot.

This short course will explore some ideas about character development but focus on strategies for developing plots that will not only help bring the story to life but also help deepen character. I’ll have a few exercises to practice concepts and strategies. Please bring something to write with and on.

About the instructor:

Brian Yansky writes both Young Adult and adult fiction. He is the author of five YA novels. My Road Trip to the Pretty Girl Capital of the World was the winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Best YA Novel. His most recent novel, Utopia, Iowa, was published in February, 2015. His stories have appeared in Literal Latte, The Crescent Review, and other magazines. He has and MFA in Writing from Vermont College and is an associate professor at Austin Community College where he teaches writing.


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NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster. For policies, please visit our Classes page.


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