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Melinda Curtis - Conflict Hurts

  • Willow Glen Community Center 1275 Lincoln Avenue San Jose, CA, 95125 United States (map)

Writing conflict hurts – not just because it makes your characters suffer, but also because it’s painful to create and carry through on the page. However, conflict drives story and holds an editor’s attention, which means it sells books. Conflict also entices readers to turn the page, which helps create a satisfying experience (plus repeat purchase). Bring a story idea to this interactive course filled with movie and TV examples and learn how to build, refine or edit your stories by creating compelling conflict and strong plots, one element at a time. The goal of the workshop is to walk away with a story blurb that can help you write a synopsis and delivers everything an editor or reader is looking for.



Prior to writing romance, award-winning, USA Today Bestseller Melinda Curtis was a junior manager for a Fortune 500 company, which meant when she flew on the private jet she was relegated to the jump seat—otherwise known as the potty. After grabbing her pen (and a parachute) she made the jump to full-time writer. Melinda has over fifty titles currently published and has sold 36 works to Harlequin and Grand Central Forever, mostly sweet romance and sweet romantic comedy. One of her books – Dandelion Wishes - is currently being made into a TV movie. She recently came to grips with the fact that she’s an empty nester and a grandma, concepts easier to grasp than movies made from her books or jet-setting on a potty.