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SD23: Shrinking Fiction syllabus available

January 7, 2009

Wow. We’re just a little over a month out from San Diego. And you know what that means. That’s right, it’s time for me to begin my unfortunate ritual of frantically trying to be useful to the conference. You’d think I would learn, but enough said about me.

Rather, let’s talk about Michael Thompkins. That’s right, our favorite psychologist turned mystery writer is back for San Diego with his latest installment of Shrinking Fiction, a popular workshop devoted to psychological distillation of character development.

Once again, Michael will explore ideas of somatic psychology and emotional anatomy, and how they might be incorporated into character development. Those familiar with past versions of the workshop might still find the updated examples and development of the presentation useful; quite obviously, there is no way to contain such broad considerations in a single weekend, so even if you’ve heard it before, you’ll want to hear it again.

(Disclaimer: Yes, it could be said I’m biased on that point, but still … I promise.)

Also, recognizing that conferee schedules and priorities can present challenges to attending a two-session event, Michael has reminded me that he intends to present this year in a manner that makes less essential to attend both days. In other words, don’t be discouraged if you can’t make one of the two workshops; he’d love to see you there, anyway, and hopes to approach the sessions so that you won’t feel lost having missed one or another.

Oh, yes … and after all that, here’s the important part. If you’re interested in attending one or both days of Shrinking Fiction, you’re welcome to email Michael (michaelthompkins@shootingshrink.com) in order to receive an advance copy of the syllabus.

And, well, that last was exactly what I was supposed to tell you, but hey, when did I ever get to the point straight away?

See you all in San Diego.

-bd

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