Character Torture 101: Writing Conflict

09/01/2016 - 09/30/2016

Writing Guru Dwight Swain said that it’s the author’s job to manipulate the emotions of the reader. There’s no better way to do this than for the author to put his characters through one roller coaster episode after another, taking the reader along for the ride. But how much conflict, how much character angst is too much? How can an author keep the action from becoming cartoonish? Bantam Spectra author Linnea Sinclair answers those questions and more in this fun and fast-paced (because torturing students is good, too!) workshop that explores the importance of conflict in today’s commercial fiction novels.

About the Presenter, Linnea Sinclair:

Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, author Linnea Sinclair is a name synonymous for high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.”  Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly.  She teaches seminars in both the craft of writing for all levels of writers and private investigation techniques for mystery authors via on-line writing sites and at writing conventions nationwide.  Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at

Cost: Members:20/Non-Members: 30

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