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The Facts of Fiction 3: Balancing Backstory and Action

June 19, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer
$30 Members | $35 Nonmembers
Saturday, June 19, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Seminar Series: The Facts of Fiction

This June seminar series covers four of the core concepts for writing effective fiction. Writers may take the entire series or only specific sessions. Writers who sign up for all four seminars will receive a $5 credit for each seminar completed. The total credit will be applied after the last seminar. The credit may be used to offset registration fees for future classes or seminars at WriterHouse and must be used by 6/30/2022.

Kristie was recently interviewed about The Facts of Fiction series by 106.1 The Corner. Listen to the full interview to find out more.

Seminar 3: Balancing Backstory and Action  

You’ve breathed life into compelling characters and envisioned a plot that will keep readers turning pages. Now how do you balance exposition, description, and action in your fiction to make it all work together?

Portioning these elements effectively is often what separates good writing from great. When done well, readers may not even notice because they’re too busy being immersed in the story.  When not done as well, readers may get bored, find the pacing uneven, or long for more info.

This seminar will help writers evaluate what the story needs when and how to balance backstory and action to keep readers grounded with the pace still moving.

Kristie Smeltzer’s work has appeared in The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Apeiron Review, Eclectica Magazine, The Florida Review, and So to Speak. Kristie is currently working on three novels. She earned her MFA at the University of Central Florida.



June 19, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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Kristie Smeltzer


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Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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