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Sunday, May 20 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Synopses & Queries, How Do They Work?

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Summarizing your work can be a daunting task. After months or years of building an intricate and nuanced 100,000-word novel, now you have to describe all of it to a complete stranger in just a few paragraphs? Don’t panic! You can simplify without being reductive. We’ll look at a “reverse outline”; discuss techniques for refining voice, clarity, and focus; and use exercises to help break down a manuscript into fundamentals that can be built back up into various types of “pitches.” Even if you're not currently working on a novel, these skills will help you think critically about any story. 

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Curtis Chen

Secretary, SFWA
Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes stories and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. He's the author of the Kangaroo series of funny science fiction spy thrillers and has written for the Realm originals Ninth Step Station, Machina, and... Read More →

Sunday May 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
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