Genre fiction (mystery, romance, science fiction, horror, etc.) is characterized by basic structural elements such as beats, pinch points, plot points, tropes, and universal fantasies, as well as organizing motifs such as the hero’s journey and the heroine’s journey. Neil Plakcy, award-winning author of over fifty novels in mystery and romance and long-time professor of writing, will provide an overview of these structural techniques and how they can be applied to any work of genre fiction.
NEIL PLAKCY is the author of more than fifty full-length novels and many stories and story collections. He has been a university administrator, construction manager, computer game producer, web developer and college professor. He has sorted cards for phone book delivery, acted in children's theater, and traveled to many (but not all) of the places he writes about. He spent 20 years as a professor of English at Broward College and lives in Hollywood, Florida with his husband and their two rambunctious golden retrievers.
Sponsored by the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation.