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Fundamentals of Fiction

The Fundamentals of Fiction: Ten Wrongs Don't Make a Writer

In this presentation, William Bernhardt discusses some of the most prevalent writing myths. Can writing be taught? What's the difference between literary fiction and genre fiction? Can I draw on experience to build stories? How should I handle exposition? And many other questions of interest to aspiring writers.

Runtime: 42 minutes

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The Fundamentals of Fiction: Story Structure

In this presentation, William Bernhardt discusses how to structure your story for maximum effectiveness. How do you create an opening that rivets readers to the page? How do you shape a climax that leaves readers completely satisfied? And how do you make sure no one gets bored in between? Bernhardt discusses these issues and much more.

Runtime: 41 minutes

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The Fundamentals of Fiction: Creating Character

In this presentation, William Bernhardt discusses how to bring your story to life with memorable characters. What's the secret of creating engaging, sympathetic characters? How do you make them seem real? How can you broaden the appeal of your story by skillfully employing secondary characters? And much more.

Runtime: 29 minutes

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The Fundamentals of Fiction: Perfecting Plot

In this presentation, William Bernhardt discusses the challenges of creating a spellbinding plot. How do you captivate readers from the first page to the last? What's the difference between a good plot twist and an unwelcome coincidence? What are the plots that have entertained readers since storytelling began? Bernhardt examines these questions and many others.

Runtime: 43 minutes

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The Fundamentals of Fiction: Editing

In this presentation, Bernhardt discusses how to give your work the professional polish it needs to succeed in today's competitive literary marketplace. Bernhardt covers concepts such as viewpoint, beginnings and endings, profanity, dialogue, the concept of "the same but different," techniques for eliminating embarrassing typos, and much more.

Runtime: 47 minutes

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