Thursday8Feb 2018

Wilkinson College Graduate Student Workshop

Writing the Plotted Novel

Thursday, February 8, 2018 4:00 p.m. - 6:50 p.m. PST
2018-02-08 16:00 2018-02-08 18:50 America/Los_Angeles Wilkinson College Graduate Student Workshop Laura Scudder Conference Room, Roosevelt Hall Allison DeVries

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Graduate Students can enroll in this workshop through Course number is GUS 530.

Laura Scudder Conference Room, Roosevelt Hall


are invited to attend.

 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018 4-6:50PM

Writing the Plotted Novel

Laura Scudder Conference Room, Roosevelt Hall 121


In Writing the Plotted Novel, we’ll tackle the impossible: a thoroughgoing discussion of traditionally plotted novels for students interested in writing genre fiction, young adult fiction, and mainstream fiction that tells a traditional story.  We’ll consider setting up the story in early chapters, the connection between plot and character (one and the same in many ways), the relationship between description, scene, and synopsis, and other matters.


James P. Blaylock, Professor, Department of English

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

James Blaylock has been a writing teacher since 1976, about the same time that he sold his short story "The Pink of Fading Neon" to the literary magazine TriQuarterly. Since then he has published fourteen novels, and scores of articles and essays. Story collections include Thirteen Phantasms (2000), In for a Penny (2003), and The Devils in the Details (2003), co-written with Tim Powers. Novels set in southern California include The Rainy Season (1999), Winter Tides (1997), All the Bells on Earth (1995), Night Relics (1994), and The Last Coin (1988). Translations of his work have appeared around the world, most recently in Russia and Japan. Blaylock is twice winner of the World Fantasy Award, and he received the Phillip K. Dick Memorial Award for his novel Homunculus (1986). His story "Unidentified Objects" was included in Prize Stories 1990, the O. Henry Awards. According to the Library Journal, "Blaylock's evocative prose and studied pacing make him one of the most distinctive contributors to American magical realism."


You can contact the event organizer, Allison DeVries at or (714) 997-6752.

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