Often writers begin with what they think is a great character or a great story idea, only to fizzle out a few chapters into the work. Why? Because a strong, sustainable narrative relies on a number of factors: an interesting story world; a complex character with complex relationships; goals that escalate and put the protagonist through interesting and unexpected paces; and stakes that operate on both the personal and public level. In this 90-minute class, we’ll explore the essential elements to a strong story concept that will give you plenty to work with, help you avoid—or defeat—the saggy middle, and ultimately ensure you deliver a rewarding and memorable experience to your reader.
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Lorin Oberweger is a highly sought-after independent book editor and ghostwriter with more than twenty-five years experience in publishing. Her company, Free Expressions, offers writing workshops nationwide, and she’s known for her one-on-one story mastermind weekends. An award-winning author, Lorin has six traditionally published books (four fiction, two nonfiction), including BOOMERANG, REBOUND, and BOUNCE, published by Harper/William Morrow. Two more are due for publication in 2020. Her work has appeared in well over one-hundred periodicals, and her books have received glowing reviews from the New York Times, USA Today, Kirkus Reviews, and others.