Cracking the Code of the American Bestseller
Saturday, October 27
9 a.m. to noon
What can we learn from studying the most successful novels of all time? What do these books have in common? And what do they tell us about the general reading public and about ourselves?
These are essential questions for the contemporary fiction writer, and the subject of this important workshop.
From tempting glimpses inside secret societies in The Hunt for Red October and The DaVinci Code, to representations of the American Dream and its opposite-the American Nightmare-in The Firm and The Godfather, this workshop will reveal twelve common elements shared by the most popular and enduring books of all time.
In the second half, we will discuss ways to apply these elements, and explore how fiction writers can tap into these powerful, archetypal themes in ways that are fresh and contemporary. Note: In 2002, Ms. Barron was part of a group of graduate students who laid the groundwork for James W. Hall's recently published book, Hit-Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers (Random House, 2012), upon which this class is based.
"Not every wonderful writer is a wonderful teacher, but Sandy Barron excels at both crafts. She teaches with compassion and insight, offering the novice and experienced wri
ters countless opportunities to hone their skills. Not only does Sandy pack each two hour class with her wonderful teaching, she also follows up with class emails loaded with helpful tidbits. All in all a gifted teacher!
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