Instructor: Cynthia Thayer
Date & Time: Saturday, August 26 | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: UMO’s Foster Student Innovation Center, Orono
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $120
The bones, or structure, of a story not only keep a reader engaged and oriented, but influence the meaning they will extract from its narrative. Imagine if Tolstoy had begun Anna Karenina with Anna’s death on the train tracks, or if Virginia Woolf had used an omniscient narrator to guide the reader through her stream-of-consciousness prose in To the Lighthouse, or, more recently, if Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See was merely told in sequential, linear narrative. The examples are endless.
This workshop is geared toward fiction writers interested in exploring how to structure stories and novels in compelling, reader-engaging ways. Attendees will discuss types of structure, the importance of structure to story, how to control structure, how to create characters through structure, techniques for fixing structural problems such as the “soggy middle,” and how to make it impossible for a reader to put down one’s novel.
Attendees will also do exercises to explore the techniques they have studied, read and discuss their work, and have fun with the material.
Cynthia Underwood Thayer published her first novel, Strong Potatoes, at age 54. It won the Rep’s Choice Award, was named best new fiction by Ingram Books, and was a Barnes and Noble “Discover” book. Her second novel, A Certain Slant of Light, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2000. The condensed version was published by Reader’s Digest in English, Portuguese, Danish, and Swedish. Algonquin Books published her third novel, A Brief Lunacy. She holds an M.A. in British Literature, and has taught at workshops for Turnstone Writers’ Workshop, the MWPA, and the University of Maine, among others. VISIT cynthiaunderwoodthayer.com
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