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2445 San Diego Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32207

Laura Lee Smith

Laura Lee Smith is the author of two novels: THE ICE HOUSE (2017) and HEART OF PALM (2013), both from Grove Press. Her short fiction was selected by guest editor T.C. Boyle for inclusion in Best American Short Stories and by guest editor Amy Hempel for inclusion in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. Her work has also appeared in New England ReviewThe Florida Review, Natural Bridge, Bayou, and other journals. She works as an advertising copywriter. laurals@bellsouth.net

Workshop Description:

Going the Distance: How to Write a Story Like a Champion

Using iconic references from American pop culture, including Sylvester Stallone’s 1976 film Rocky, we’ll look at the basic building blocks of character and plot. We’ll talk about how fiction writers can use these foundations to craft compelling narratives that are character-driven and psychologically satisfying for both writer and reader. Participants will work on an exercise that will help launch a new character or hone characters in existing work.