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Meet the Faculty: Janice Decker

September 8, 2012

Janie Decker, Author

Janice Decker has been winning awards for her short stories since 1992, including “1958” – winner of First place in the 1992 O. Henry Short Story Competition (published); “M.I.A.” – 2nd place in the American Literary Award Competition among others. Her novel, Take the War, was published in 2010 and is available as a Trade paperback and an ebook.

“Structuring Your Fiction” – Saturday, October 20, 10:50 – 11:50 AM
Without sound structure, a work of fiction will fail. A satisfying story has good bones, a structure that makes the story cohere, a structure that can be mapped. What you will learn: The Elements of Strong Structure, including character powers action and plot, not the other way around; strong scenes; strong chapters; the full toolbox (point of view; unreliable narrator; time travel:  flashbacks, flash-forwards, foreshadowing; other tools).

“The Art of the Critique” – Sunday, October 21, 9:00-10:00 AM
Using this guide, you as an individual or a writing group can provide feedback, both positive and negative, to the author so that scenes can be improved. By focusing on structural elements and addressing how well or poorly the structure advances the story, you and/or your group can make an effective assessment of a proffered work, even if copies are not provided in advance – although advance copies facilitate the critique process. What you are assessing is how the author is telling his/her tale, NOT whether you like it or not.

To see Janice 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.


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