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SUMMER NOVEL SERIES: Make it Worse – Tension and Conflict with Rebecca Makkai

$65.00

In this class, we will identify the differences between conflict and tension and talk about how they work together to create momentum.

Start Date

July 7

Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT

Day(s) of the Week

Thursday

Sessions

1

Location

Zoom (online)

Instructor

Price

$65

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Description

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This class is part of our “Summer Novel Series,” a variety of single-session classes on Thursday evenings designed to tackle one element of novel writing in each class. You can take one class, pick and choose, or take all of them! You can find all other classes in the series here.


We were all trained in conflict avoidance and resolution as children. (Stop hitting your brother, apologize to your friend, put down those matches!) It’s no surprise, then, that we’re tempted to avoid conflict in our fiction as well. We rescue our characters from awkwardness and danger, we let them run away from arguments, or we quickly put out the fires we do start.

In this class, we will identify the differences between conflict and tension and talk about how they work together to create momentum. Looking at examples from published work, we’ll talk about how to manage conflict and tension in individual scenes and throughout a whole novel. You’ll leave ready to start—and sustain—trouble.

About Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novel The Great Believers, a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, one of the New York Times' top ten books for 2018, winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Award, and the Chicago Review of Books Award, and a pick for the New York Public Library’s 2018 Best Books. Her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime -- four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. Rebecca is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago. Visit her at RebeccaMakkai.com or on Twitter @rebeccamakkai.