Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Writing Workshop: “How to Resuscitate a Scene” with Carla Norton


Date: June 20, 2015
Cost: $10.00
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm (after the FMWA General Meeting)
Place: Doubletree by Hilton (formerly Deerfield Beach Hilton), 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441 (east at Hillsboro Blvd exit from I-95.)

Do you have a scene that’s gasping for breath? Perhaps the story has been racing along, but now stumbles. Perhaps the scene fills a gap in the plot, yet the characters seem lifeless. In this workshop, you’ll learn to diagnose and remedy problems. Exercises and examples will be provided, but bring along your weakest scenes. You’ll learn to cut away dead meat, heal wounds, and jolt the story to its feet by addressing:
·       Point of View: Who is driving the scene? What are the advantages of close third vs. first person? And how can you get inside the heads of non-POV characters?
·       Structure: Are you giving away too much too soon? Where does the scene turn, and how can you build to that moment?
·       Dialogue: How to use tags, gestures, questions and sarcasm to enliven even the dullest exposition.
·       Cliffhangers: How to keep the reader turning pages without seeming desperate or being melodramatic.

Carla Norton is a novelist, journalist, and true crime writer. Her debut fiction, THE EDGE OF NORMAL, was internationally released in 2013 and was a Thriller Award finalist in 2014. The sequel, WHAT DOESN'T KILL HER, is coming in June, 2015. Carla has also written two books of true crime, including PERFECT VICTIM, which was put on the reading list for the FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit and became a #1 New York Times bestseller. For more, visit CarlaNorton.com, follow @CarlaJNorton on Twitter, and find Carla Norton: Novelist & True Crime Writer on Facebook.

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