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Saturday, May 6 • 10:15am - 11:30am
5C: Disentangling Time FILLING
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What’s past? What’s present? What’s shown? What’s told? How much of the past is just background information, what really matters, and when (and how) should it emerge? Whether it covers ten minutes or thirty years, proceeds chronologically or starts in medias res, unravels a mystery or shows multiple simultaneous plotlines, the structure of any narrative form is a representation of time. We’ll discuss the relationship of time to action, time slowed, sped up, and skipped, how the past (or future) can emerge through discovery or disclosure, and the relationship of time and point of view. And we’ll look at how timelines can help you see your material and make decisions about structure, and ways to keep track and help the reader keep track, too.

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Lynne Barrett

Lynne Barrett’s most recent story collection is Magpies (Gold Medal, Florida Book Awards). What Editors Want, a guide to submitting to literary magazines based on her widely recommended essay in The Review Review, is now out in book form. She edited Tigertail: Florida Flash, co-edited Birth: A Literary Companion, and is editor of The Florida Book Review. She has received the Edgar Award for best mystery story and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and her recent work can be found in Necessary Fiction, The Southern... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 10:15am - 11:30am
Cambridge Room