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Larry Brooks teaching Pacing Workshop

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Larry Brooks will be teaching a workshop onPacing on Friday, June 25th

Workshop description: Pacing is a function of planning.  Whether your plan emerges from a pre-writing process or an organic drafting process, or some combination of the two, everything depends on knowing what’s coming next, and why.

Pacing is the great equalizer of fiction — everything else in the story can be stellar, but if the pacing is off it probably won’t sell.  Because if the pacing is off, then chances are the structure of the story isn’t working as well as it should.  This workshop will illuminate the classic four-part structure for storytelling that allows writers to optimize pacing through an understanding of major story milestones, how to set them up and pay them off, where they go in the sequence and what makes them effective in context to each other when they get there.

Bio: Larry Brooks is a bestselling author of five novels and the creator of, an instructional resource for writers of novels and screenplays.  His book, “Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing” will be published in early 2011 by Writers Digest Books.


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Jessica Page Morrell lives in Portland, Oregon where she is surrounded by writers and watches the sky all its moods and shades. She’s the author of Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us, A (Sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected; Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, How to Write the Bad Guys in Fiction; The Writer’s I Ching: Wisdom for the Creative Life, Voices from the Street; Between the Lines: Master The Subtle Elements Of Fiction Writing; and Writing Out the Storm. Morrell works as a highly-sought after developmental editor because if your characters are a bundle of quirks and inconsistencies, or the plot stalls and the scenes don’t flow, these problems need to be unriddled before you submit it to an agent or editor. She also works on memoirs and nonfiction books with a special focus on logic and voice. She began teaching writers in 1991 and now teaches through a series of workshops in the Northwest and at writing conferences throughout North America and lectures to various writing organizations. She is the former writing expert at which was voted as one of the best 101 sites for writers. In 2008 she founded Summer in Words, a yearly writing conference held on the Oregon coast. She hosts a Web site at, and she’s written a monthly column about topics related to writing since 1998 that currently appears in The Willamette Writer. She also contributes to The Writer and Writers Digest magazines, writes a monthly e-mail newsletter, The Writing Life, and a Web log at

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