Wednesday, August 05, 2009

notes from Tin House, July 2009

I went to Tin House this summer, and workshopped with Steve Almond. Here are my notes from the panel on endings. The last paragraph was Samantha Chang, and it really resonated with me.

Notes from Tin House July 2009 Endings
Panel with Lan Samantha Chang, Ann Hood, and Ron Hansen.

The types of endings:
Single conclusion
Ironic ending or false epiphany
Envoi (sends you off to another story, the envoy disappears)

Endings that don’t work:
A hurried ending, rushing to the conclusion
Loose ends
Unrealistic endings
The Dougie Houser ending, adding in the moral, “what I learned today was that friends are important.”

"You really have to know your story and what it is about to write the ending. If you are having trouble with the ending, ask yourself 'what’s been bothering me for the past few years?' to figure out what happens in the end of the novel you are working on." -Lan Samantha Chang



At 6:45 PM, Blogger Janice Gould said...

Useful info about endings....good stuff to think about.



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