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Eight Precious Writing Tips No One Talks About

  • 19 Feb 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


Eight Precious Writing Tips No One Talks About

This craft-oriented workshop focuses on eight practical tips to help writers take their writing to the next level that the instructor finds woefully neglected in most writing instruction. Tips include how to embrace chance in your concept generation process; why infodumps are gauche and how to cunningly hide them; how to instantly make the diversity in your writing more realistic; how to learn from radically different story structures such as the East Asian four-act structure; and how to bullet-time dodge imposture syndrome. In-class exercises include flash writing sprints, Surrealist parlor games, and method acting/improv challenges.




Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West. He is the author of the acclaimed and award-winning PEASPROUT CHEN middle grade fantasy series. His short fiction has appeared in publications including Asimov’s, Analog, and F&SF, and he is a four-time Nebula/Norton Award finalist. Henry also teaches writing for institutions including UCLA, the University of Iowa, and Clarion West and he won the UCLA Extension Department of the Arts Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award. Henry has previously worked as an attorney and fine art dealer. Born in Taiwan, Henry currently lives in Hollywood. Hobbies include writing and performing campy science fiction/fantasy anthems, and losing Nebula and Norton Awards.

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