Friday Full Day Workshop - Write on the Sound

Crossing the Ocean in a Bathtub: The Five (or Six) Fundamental Elements of a Successful Novel

Michael David Lukas

Craft: Fiction

"Writing fiction,” Stephen King has said, “especially a long work of fiction can be a difficult, lonely job; it’s like crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub.” This workshop will provide beginning and experienced writers with tools and provisions to support them throughout the long (but rewarding) journey that is writing a novel. Attendees will explore point of view, character, plot, setting, and the dynamic tension between scene and summary.  In addition, attendees will read and discuss such authors as J.M. Coetzee, Ann Patchett, Junot Díaz, Jennifer Egan, and Kazuo Ishiguro, in order to gain a better understanding of how the various aspects of the novel work together to create a piece of art. The course aims to inspire attendees to consider their work and writing practice in new ways—bending, stretching, and growing as writers as well as readers. By the end, attendees will have the skills, confidence, and theoretical foundation to hop in that bathtub and start paddling.

Write on the Sound
Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St
Edmonds WA 98020
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 34th annual conference
October 4, 5 & 6, 2019


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Write on the Sound is a program of the City of Edmonds Arts Commission

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Write on the Sound

City of Edmonds Arts Commission

700 Main St.

Edmonds, WA 98020

425-771-0228 | wotsat symbol mdedmondswablack dotgov

Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30AM-5:00PM (PT)

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