Description of Class
One night. One author. One focused study of the craft.
We’re pleased to welcome author Nami Mun to the studio for this single-session master class on crafting conflict in your writing. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to study with a master for an evening of close reading and in-depth discussion.
Conflict (polemos) has been written about by philosophers since the pre-Socratic era—from war to ethical struggles. We, in the 21stcentury, have continued with this obsession, but our tastes have broadened a bit to include not only external conflict, such as war or the cosmos, but psychological dilemmas, as well. (Let’s say Hamlet started it and that the entire TV and film industry since Hamlet has only fueled our obsessions.)
And according to Hegel, conflict can be used not only as a mere threat to order and stability, but also as a crucial step toward reaching a higher level of understanding of self and of society.
All this to say: Conflict is an integral part of human nature. It surrounds us, whether we want it or not, which is precisely why most of us do our best to avoid it.
But avoiding conflict is not an option for a writer. This is non-negotiable. Yet so many writers swerve away from conflict the second it pops up on the manuscript page. And there’s a good chance you don’t even know you’re doing this.
In this workshop, we’ll 1) define and discuss the differences between chronic and acute conflicts, and how they aggravate and provoke one another; 2) read one short text together (with a surgical eye) and read it in an unconventional way that shows how to spot layers of conflict; and 3) swap one page of your previously-written prose with a workshop mate and try to discover layers of “potential” conflict buried in each others’ work. We’ll end the workshop by writing or re-writing one paragraph in class—a paragraph that hopefully shows, from word one, the conflict that IS your story.Top