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The Facts of Fiction 2: Nailing the Narrative Arc

June 12, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer
$30 Members | $35 Nonmembers
Saturday, June 12, 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 2: Nailing the Narrative Arc 

The most interesting characters in the world cannot save a piece of fiction with no plot.  Readers expect a series of events to unfold that draw them along, with the stakes consistently rising as the story moves towards the climax. In some types of fiction, the expectations for the narrative arc are built into the genre norms. A detective story will have a crime that needs to be solved. A romance will have a relationship that needs to be developed. Other types of fiction may have less predetermined plot expectations, however the writer’s burden remains the same: how do I create a series of events that feels authentic for my characters and engaging for the reader?

Participating in this seminar will give writers a set of tools to use when they are plotting narrative arcs to keep readers up past their bedtimes.

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 12, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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