Writing Philosophy

Scott Driscoll Blogs… After asking what I did for a living, the cashier at a grocery store I frequented gave me a confused look and said, “Oh, you teach fiction? What’s that? Is that, like, making stuff up?” There was no line—it was late, after class—so I told her the following story. One sweltering Sunday […]

Skill Building Workshops

You’ve written a novel but found your manuscript turned down by agents and editors? Your early readers just can’t give you fresh eyes anymore? You’re considering abandoning the thing and giving up? Usually the problems are fixable, but that implies recognizing what’s wrong. Does your story lack urgency? Is the quest muddled by competing subplots […]

The Planning You Should Do Before You Plan: The Premise, Controlling Idea, and Logical Assumptions

“Storytelling,” according to Robert McKee in Story, “is the creative demonstration of truth… Event structure is the means by which you first express, then prove your idea…without explanation.” He takes this one step further. “A story well told gives you everything you cannot get from life: meaningful emotional experience.” Okay. We’ve all read plenty of […]

EPIC Writers Workshop

Looking for a one-off writers’ workshop? I will be teaching The Art of Story Structure for the EPIC Group Writers Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 from 9:30 AM to Noon in Edmonds, Washington. The workshop (o… Source: EPIC Writers Workshop