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FREE | Creative Writing: What is a Novel & Is Genre Important?

September 10, 2022 @ 5:00 am - 6:00 am EDT

Creative Writing: What is a Novel & Is Genre Important?

What is a novel? Is it constrained by genre? How do you define a book anyway? Join Iain McKinnon to help demystify genre and expectations.

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Module 2 -Event Contents:

What is a Novel?

Is Genre Important?

The novel as we know it has evolved for many centuries and will continue to evolve with culture and technology, join Iain McKinnon as he takes you through a short history of a novel and what you as an author need to consider when writing your own.

In the second part of this workshop Iain McKinnon will explore what genre is, its advantages and limitations in modern writing and why writers need to exploit genre expectations.

  • Module 1: Introduction to Creative Writing, Rules & PURPOSE
  • Module 2: What is a Novel & Genre
  • Module 3: Metrics, Motivation & Productivity
  • Module 4: Plot
  • Module 5: Character
  • Module 6: Defamiliarization & NLP
  • Module 7: Dialogue
  • Module 8: World Building
  • Module 9: Language Building
  • Module 10: Concept Mapping
  • Module 11: Narrative Positioning & Description over Exposition
  • Module 12: Suspense, Tension, Hooks & Cliffhangers & LOCK
  • Module 13: Constraint and Creativity
  • Module 14: Word Choice
  • Module 15: Theme


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Iain McKinnon

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