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We’ll define backstory, why, when and how to use it through dialogue, dramatic narrative, and flashback. We’ll also address the grammar and the “politics” of flashbacks. We’ll discuss the decision to bring insight from past to present using flashback technique. Flashbacks for the character’s sake--adding depth to character, for the story’s sake-filling in gaps, for the writing sake--creating a fully realized story world, instances when a flashbacks work, instances when flashbacks won’t work, dos and don’ts when writing flashbacks, making the grammar work, setting up for the flashback, and we’ll offer examples of flashback triggers and devices - match cutting, use of senses, etc. We’ll also address longer vs. shorter flashbacks, how early is too early for a flashback, editors’ and agents’ attitudes toward flashbacks, and what to do if you are told to nix your flashback. We’ll discuss examples offered by “attendees.”Karen Lin is a freelance editor for award-winning and best-selling authors. She's a pitch coach, produced screenwriter, script doctor, speaker (cruise ships, conferences, retreats) and an award-winning author of screenplays, novels, narrative nonfiction, literary cookbooks, shorts, essays and articles for magazines. She’s a blog columnist and has worked with top New York agents on projects ranging from novels and literary cookbooks to celebrity ghost projects. Through a Hollywood agent, her award-winning screenplays have been considered by Barry Sonnenfeld, James Cameron, HBO, Showtime, and the Sy-fi channel. Find out more at <a href="www.karenalbrightlin.com">www.karenalbrightlin.com</a>
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - Saturday, March 25, 2017 8:00 AM - 6:00 PMMountain Time
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