This was my second time attending the conference. I’m sharing my compositions from the workshops I attended.

“How to Harness the Power of Belief to Support Your Creative Writing” with Sophfronia Scott.

I decided to rewrite a scene from The Girlfriend Experience. My editor had a number of comments about the characters Matt Bugatti and Anson Polk. This scene helps to address some of those issues.

Anson put his hand on Matt’s forearm. Matt turned toward him. Matt relaxed his grip on the pistol and laid it on the shelf.

“You’re taking this on alone and you don’t have to,” Anson said.

“It’s my problem, not yours. It’s not anyone’s but mine.”

Anson tightened his grip on Matt’s arm, just enough for emphasis.

“You can’t do this by yourself. Man, nobody can do anything by themselves.”

“I don’t buy that. The only one I can count on is me.”

“Don’t be an ass. First of all, you don’t really believe that. What about the dialog? All those ancient Greeks you’re so in awe of? Does someone have to be dead to be a part of your life?”

“That’s not fair.”

“All right, then let’s get practical. Do you want to die because your dad was a rugged individualist?”

“How to Write About Love” with Katharine Beutner.

The exercise is to write a postcard. I chose to write a card from a traveling businessman to his wife.

We took time out of our schedule for sightseeing. This gargoyle is from an old cathedral in town. I thought it looked like the one you bought because you liked it and thought it would go great on the armoire in the hall. You remember – the one I knocked off and broke and you said “don’t worry about it, it’s just a thing” and I believed you, you were so convincing.

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