My fellow faculty were the amazing, funny, energetic, multi-talented Emily Jenkins (aka E. Lockhart) and Roaring Brook editor Nancy Mercado who somehow in her concluding talk made wonderful, intuitive connections between the movement of story and everything else that we'd all heard and talked about all weekend. I'll be thinking about her talk for a while--it felt like the container of all things story.
From all the conversations, from Nancy's and Emily's wonderful talks, and from the stories of participants that are still buzzing in my mind, here are a few things I'm taking away with me:
- Go overboard in drafts.
- Find those places of excess in revision and rein them in.
- Make sure you don't give the reader too many literal stage directions.
- But do plant the right emotional pointers.
- Begin with an emotional moment.
- Ask, what's the worst thing that can happen? Then ask it again. And again.
- Life is short. Write the story you need to write.