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Sunday, April 18 • 17:00 - 17:50
Character, Stakes, and Conflict: Engaging the Reader on an Emotional Journey

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Creating believable and emotionally resonant characters is every writer's challenge. How do characters drive the plot, and how are they driven by it? How do we set appropriate stakes for characters and make them matter--whether those stakes are saving the world or baking a birthday cake? Additional constraints come into play too when writers are handling characters who are the intellectual property of other outfits. Let's talk about the intersection of character and plot where we find the stories that mean the most to us.

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Aimee Ogden

Aimee Ogden is a former science teacher and software tester; now she writes stories about sad astronauts and angry princesses. Her short fiction has appeared in venues such as Clarkesworld, Analog, Fireside, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her novellas "Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters... Read More →

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Aliza Greenblatt

A.T. Greenblatt is a mechanical engineer by day and a writer by night. She lives in Philadelphia where she's known to frequently subject her friends to various cooking and home brewing experiments. She is a graduate of Viable Paradise XVI and Clarion West 2017. Her work has won... Read More →


Sunday April 18, 2021 17:00 - 17:50 UTC