TROUBLE AND STRIFE: THE LIFEBLOOD OF GOOD FICTION
What makes a story “good”? What keeps us relentlessly turning pages late into the night when really we ought to have turned out the lights hours ago? One simple word: conflict. In life, we try to avoid it. In fiction, we have no such luxury. This workshop will explore conflict, arguably the most fundamental and necessary element of fiction. We’ll read and discuss examples of it in works of literature. We’ll do a writing exercise, and those who wish can share their results. Bring a writing implement, paper, and your imagination!
About the author
Claire Holden Rothman is a Montreal writer and translator whose latest novel, Lear’s Shadow, was released in 2018. Past works include My October (2014), finalist for the Governor General’s Award and long-listed for a Scotiabank Giller Prize, and The Heart Specialist (2009), also long-listed for the Giller.