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Damon Garn

The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 14:  Variations on a Theme

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 14:  Variations on a Theme How do you treat characters in the various lengths, media, and genres?  You design your people to fit your market. From stories short in length to long, markets romance and mystery to science fiction, western, horror and adventure, the same rule applies as it does to all forms of communication:  Consider your audience.  It’s not that you’re locked in to the expectations of your audience.  You’re free to vastly exceed those expectations, as have masters like Tolstoy, Lee, Fitzgerald, Márquez, Forster, Wells, Cervantes, Morrison, Woolf, Achebe, Brontë, Walker, and yes, Tolkien, Heinlein, and Lucas.  Even they, however, considered their audiences, and delivered masterpieces that managed “to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses … bottle fame, brew glory, and even put a stopper in death.” (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) The gorgeous book cover is of […]


The Craft: GWW Ch 9 – Theme: So What’s Your Story Really All About?

Please note the slight time change, arrive at 6 pm, and be ready to roll into our study by 6:15! 6:00 – 6:15: Social Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones. 6:15 – 7:30:  The Craft:  GWW Ch 9 – Theme:  So What’s Your Story Really All About? Tonight we’re covering Chapter 9 of our text:  Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Writing Fiction. Ah, Theme!  Interestingly enough, defining the theme of your novel or short story is perhaps one of the hardest, yet most important things for any writer to do.  If the writer doesn’t fully understand the ins and outs of their theme, their readers won’t “get it,” and potential agents and publishers will just blink. Yes, we’ll cover the definition of “theme,” but we’ll focus most of our effort on “Know Thy […]