Suffering the Consequences: Building Exciting Plot through Consequential Action
This fiction seminar was part of Austin Bat Cave’s Spectacular Summer Seminar Festival 2020
Life is arbitrary in a way that fiction cannot stand to be, but when you sit down to tell a story, the plot can begin to feel contrived, forced, predictable, anecdotal, or happenstantial. In this class, we’ll explore building plots that feel organic and without contrivance by focusing on characters, their decisions, their actions, and the consequences that arise from these. Characters drive plots, and we’ll spend our time examining exactly how.
About the Instructor
Manuel Gonzales is the author of The Miniature Wife and other stories, winner of the Sue Kaufmann prize for first fiction and the John Gardner Fiction Prize, and the novel, The Regional Office is Under Attack!, which was awarded the YALSA Alex Award. He currently lives in Massachusetts and teaches literature and creative writing at Bennington College and serves as a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars low-residency MFA program.