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Fiction Writer's Toolbox

2019-10-22 19:00:00 2019-10-22 20:30:00 America/New_York Fiction Writer's Toolbox Learn the basics of writing fiction. South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

Tuesday, October 22
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Add to Calendar 2019-10-22 19:00:00 2019-10-22 20:30:00 America/New_York Fiction Writer's Toolbox Learn the basics of writing fiction. South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

Meeting Room 162 (20)

Learn the basics of writing fiction.

In these six classes, we will explore structures and skills that support and enhance the fiction writer’s art. We will consider concepts and craft-based techniques for advancing writing.

Each week is an individual craft talk followed by a question and answer period, so register for as many weeks as you wish, per your interest. 

September 10 / Beginnings. This class will consider beginnings of all kinds, including getting started, how to summon ideas, considerations for structuring work and work time, openings, and first lines.

September 24 / Character. This class will examine the crucial component of character, including how to make people breathe on the page, writing who you know, and CPR for flat characters.

October 8 / Plot. This class will examine plot, the driver of the story, including how to plot, story arcs, chunking into scenes, the catalyst of conflict, and the heroine’s journey.

October 22 / Setting. This class will look at place and description, including how to use a house, creating a believable world, enhancing a sense of place, and regional writing.

November 5 / Dialogue. This class will consider components of dialogue, including how not to have a conversation, the purpose of small talk, and killing your filler.

November 19 / Finishing. This class will discuss the important skill of finishing what you start, including how to write a killer ending, revisions, workshopping and feedback, editing, and getting published.

Claire McMillan is the author of the novels The Necklace and Gilded Age, both from Simon and Schuster. She practiced corporate law in San Francisco before earning an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. She served as Cuyahoga County Public Library's Writer in Residence in 2017-2018.

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South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

seumgr@cuyahogalibrary.org
Phone: 216-382-4880
Fax: 216-382-4584
Branch manager
Brijin Boddy

Hours
We're closed Thursday November 26 due to Library is closed for Thanksgiving.
Mon, Nov 23 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Nov 24 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Nov 25 9:00AM to 5:30PM
(Please note: Branches close early, at 5:30 PM)
Thu, Nov 26 Closed
(Library is closed for Thanksgiving.)
Fri, Nov 27 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Nov 28 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Nov 29 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

Passport processing and photo services are available at this location 7 days a week, no appointment necessary.

Upcoming events

Wed, Dec 09, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
A fiction writing workshop for writers with previous workshop experience.
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Wed, Dec 09, 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Virtual
Learn how to create your own digital animation from SCRATCH! Students in 5th-8th grade are invited to join us as we explore, create and share our own stories, games, music and art!

Sun, Dec 13, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
A poetry open mic, moderated by the City of South Euclid's first Poet Laureate, "Doc" Janning.

Mon, Dec 14, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
A fiction writing workshop for writers with previous workshop experience.
Registration is now closed