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Off Campus Writers' Workshop - OCWW

Ellen T. McKnight - Best of Both: Plot and Pace with Depth

  • April 27, 2017
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL


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Best of Both: Plot and Pace with Depth

Ellen T. McKnight continues, with a discussion of how to add depth to commercial fiction by using literary techniques. Topics will include voice as a way into depth, the importance of emotional impact, the role of internal tension, telling details, movement with meaning, and finding your truth. Both weeks will be relevant to all kinds of writing, whether more literary or more commercial. Ellen plans to conclude with advice about how to translate what you've accomplished to agents when you pitch your book, as well as the importance of always returning to what inspires you to write in the first place.

Ellen T. McKnight is a fiction writer and poet whose publications appear in literary journals and anthologies. Her novel, The Ex-Mom, made the Finalist Short List in the Faulkner Writing Competition as a novel-in-progress. She teaches writing workshops to independent writers' groups and hosts a blog about writing – Connecting through Story – at Her blog has been featured on She Writes. Follow her @EllenTMcKnight on Twitter.

Ellen will accept up to four manuscripts for critique with a submission/payment deadline of April 20th at 9:30 AM. Please see manuscript guidelines for details.

Registration and Socializing 9:00AM-9:30PM

Program 9:30AM-12:00PM

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