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FICTION: BUILDING TENSION AND CONFLICT 2019-105

Course #2019-105
Saturday March 23 1:00 pm–5:00 pm & Sunday, March 24, 1 - 5 pm
Cost: $180 Instructor: Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

Where

Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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“In daily life, a writer may practice conflict avoidance, but in fiction a writer must welcome conflict and walk straight into it.” – Charles Baxter

Tension and conflict are indispensable to great stories. Whether through good old-fashioned action or unbearable inner turmoil, our characters need a solid sense of stakes in our writing. This can be notoriously difficult to do in fiction, especially as we draw from our own lives and the world around us for inspiration. In our daily lives, we may, rightly, avoid conflict, but in our fiction, we need to embrace it, and even actively search of it.

In this workshop, we’ll look at how to successfully build and follow through tension and conflict in our writing. What are some of the ways we can welcome (more) tension into our stories? And how do we build meaningful, rather than superficial, conflict in our writing? How do tension and conflict contribute to successful characterisation? We’ll look at how these crucial craft elements function in the best writing, with the aim of understanding how to utilize them effectively and enrich our own work. We’ll look at stories by Danielle Evans, Flannery O’Connor, Jamel Brinkley, Margaret Atwood and D. Wystan Owen, among others. In class exercises will focus on honing our craft and fine-tuning our technique. We’ll also plumb our own writing for insight and lessons.

About the instructor

NOVUYO ROSA TSHUMA is the author of the novel The House of Stone (W. W Norton, January 2019). A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (2015), she is a native of Zimbabwe, has lived in South Africa and the USA, and is a recipient of the Inprint Fondren Foundation/Michael and Nina Zilkha Fellowship at the UH Creative Writing Program. Shadows, her short story collection, was published to critical acclaim by Kwela in South Africa (2013) and awarded the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including McSweeney’s and The Displaced, edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Novuyo serves on the editorial advisory board and is a fiction editor at The Bare Life Review. Visit her website at www.novuyotshuma.com.

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