The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2019

Conference Schedule 2019

Friday, February 22, 2019, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


In Search of the Inciting Incident: Novel Plot and Structure with Matthew Salesses

Date(s): Friday, February 22, 2019, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: 
Heritage, University Club (view map)
Type(s): 
Presentation
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Mixed Genre, Novels
Tags: Structure, Plot, Composition

About the Session

Have a great idea for a novel but don't know how to start it? Stuck in the middle of novel-drafting and stalling out? Much of writing a novel through to its end is about what is set up by its premise. A novel, a great writer once said, is a structural machine. That structure begins at the beginning. Agents and editors want to see the first 50 pages of the novel for a reason--a lot has to happen in those 50 pages to sustain a book-length work of fiction. What exactly makes an inciting incident, though? Exploring that question will help the writer set the groundwork for a novel.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference 2019 Faculty Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses is the author of the novel The Hundred-Year Flood (Little A/Amazon Publishing), an Amazon Bestseller, Best Book of September, and Kindle First pick; an Adoptive Families Best Book of 2015; a Millions Most Anticipated of 2015; a Thought Catalog Essential Contemporary Book by an Asian American Writer; and a Best Book of the season at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, and Gawker, among others. Forthcoming are a new novel, Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear (Little A, 2020), and a collection of essays, Own Story (Little A, 2021).