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Meet the Faculty: Chris Roerden

September 5, 2012

Chris Roerden, Author and Editor

Chris has edited authors published by St. Martin’s, Berkley, Viking, Harlequin, Forge, and more. Her own Don’t Sabotage Your Submission, (expanded from Agatha Award-winning Don’t Murder Your Mystery), won 4 awards including FWA’s Book of the Year 2009. She’s taught writing and led 300+ workshops in three countries.

“Four Levels of Showing and Telling”- Saturday, October 20, 2:15-3:15PM
Have you ever seen “show, don’t tell” written in the margins of your draft when you believed you had been showing? “The purpose of fiction is not to make readers see the story but to feel IN the story,” writes David Morrell. So it’s about creating emotion. In this workshop you’ll analyze four levels of the “show vs. tell” edict to become aware of your options for choosing and using the technique that’s most effective for your story’s details. Explore each level of narrative for its effect on your readers, for the quality of each to communicate an emotional experience felt by your characters and your readers, and for the ability of these tools to expand the range of your craft.

“Ten Makeovers to Power Up Your Dialogue” – Sunday, October 21, 9:00-10:00 AM
From symmetrical, amateur, chit-chat talk-talk, to asymmetrical conflict-raising leap-ahead bypass dialogue, explore ten techniques that strengthen your writing through the effective use of dialogue. Learn how 10 dialogue techniques can be applied under different situations, such as: how to use visual, emotion-building beats to replace tags, when and how to borrow conflict, how to recognize and rid your work of pseudo-dialogue, and more. Bonus: take-away handouts that demonstrate the hidden language of dialogue punctuation.

To see Chris by special appointment, check the website prior to the conference or the FWA registration desk at the conference. Note: Conference attendance is required for interviews.

One Comment
  1. September 6, 2012 9:55 am

    No one should miss the opportunity to learn from Chris. Her insight and attention to correct and clear writing served me well in the years I wrote materials for my consulting business. When I retired and moved to creative writing those early lessons remained with me. I am eager to take a front row seat in her two FWA conference workshops.

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