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Creating and Sustaining the Fictional Dream: Using Solid Limited-Third Person Point of View to Help Readers Live in Your Fictional Dreamworld

February 19, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EST

In this ZOOM workshop, participants will learn how to create and maintain a vivid and continuous fictional dream. We’ll also discuss how to avoid bumping the reader out of the dream via authorial or narrative intrusion, clumsy writing, deviation in real-time linearity, telling rather than showing, improper internal monologue presentation, and many other things. We will do a few writing exercises that participants may share with the group or not.

Presenter Bio

John has been writing stories since the third grade and completed his first “novel” in the fourth grade.

He studied writing and theater in college, where he published a short story in the UW-Milwaukee literary journal. He also wrote and produced his first full-length play Whatever Happened… to all the happy endings? under the tutelage of Fred Gaines at Lawrence University and wrote his first “real” novel, Rain-Dance, which was based on a semester he’d spent in London, under the tutelage of Shiela Cunningham.

Several of his plays were produced in Wisconsin, including Talking with Jacob, which garnered statewide recognition and the cover of several statewide periodicals. He also produced his own adaptation of the Ray Bradbury story, “The Better Part of Wisdom” with Mr. Bradbury’s approval and input.

He wrote a column for two years in The Dancer’s Guide as well as training manuals for several dance studios in Texas. His teaching ability earned him two articles in Quality in Action, a worldwide educational magazine. More recently, he wrote a column for Out in SA. Currently, he is a writer and photographer for SA Monthly Magazine and has written the cover article for numerous issues, as well as shooting the photos for one. He was also published in Woman.

From 2012 to 2015, he lived in Virginia Beach to focus on his writing. It was here that he met Lauran Strait, who has been his mentor for ten years. Much of what he will teach in this workshop was learned from her.

John has taught writing workshops for both the Hampton Roads Writers and the Muse. He also taught 6 workshops for the Hampton Roads Writers conference of 2016. He has written a total of 16 novels and self-published 9 of them so far.  In 2020, he published a complete tarot deck.

To learn more about him and to see samples of all of his works, visit www.johnrobertmack.com.


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