Conference Schedule 2019
Friday, February 22, 2019, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Conflict as Heart and Engine of Story with Achy Obejas
Date(s): Friday, February 22, 2019, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Location: Heritage, University Club (view map)
Type(s): Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Mixed Genre, Novels, Short Stories
Tags: Conflict, Plot, Cliché, Story
About the Session
In this workshop, we will have a laser-like focus on one thing: conflict. Without conflict, stories are flat or meandering. Conflict is the engine, the heart, ground zero of a story, whether it’s a blaster or a 900 page novel. But what is conflict, exactly? How do we set it up? How do we set it up so it’s not terribly obvious or cliché? And how do we use conflict to advance our story? Participants will be guided through a quick checklist approach to building conflict in stories.