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How Stories Work—Writing Workshop #27: Parables & Paradoxes

An update from the twenty-seventh Writing Workshop with Conner Bassett A summary of the workshop held on Saturday February 12, plus some of the output published below This week, Conner chose to focus on the miniature literature of Daniil Kharms and Franz Kafka in the form of parables and paradoxes. The entirety of the workshop […]

How Stories Work—Writing Workshop #26: Defamiliarization

An update from the twenty-sixth Writing Workshop with Conner Bassett A summary of the workshop held on Saturday February 5, plus some of the output published below “It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and as […]

How Stories Work—Writing Workshop #25: How to Make a Character

An update from the twenty-fifth Writing Workshop with Conner Bassett A summary of the workshop held on Saturday January 29, plus some of the output published below This week, Conner enumerated what makes a great character, the most important attributes being that a character should be flawed and be put under stress so that, according […]