There is a reason why the ending is perhaps the most difficult part of a story to write. It presents a knotty dilemma: if we have written a good story, our readers will want it to continue. So how, then, do we push back, and provide an ending that feels necessary, proportionate and satisfying?
In this workshop we will look at the complex question of what makes a story's ending feel "necessary, proportionate and satisfying." And we will identify some things we can do early in the story, that will strengthen the ending, when we arrive there.
Finally, using examples from literature, we will survey different types of endings, to see how others have approached the poignant problem of closure.
Participants are invited to bring their most challenging questions about endings for the second half, Q&A portion of Professor Hoover's talk.
Essentials for the Fiction Writer is a series of high level, craft-oriented workshops for fiction writers ... READ MORE
Suzanne Hoover holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature. The author of two novels and a highly experienced teacher of fiction and essay writing, Suzanne was for 25 years a full-time member of the Literature faculty of Sarah Lawrence College. More on Suzanne Hoover Ph.D.
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2 to 4:30 pm
Westport Writers' Workshop, 3 Sylvan Road South, Westport
COST: $65 ($55 for WWW members)
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