Stories are conflict, without enough tension they fall flat. Readers turn pages because they want to discover how conflict will be resolved. One of the most common reasons that editors and agents take a pass on submissions is a lack of conflict on the page. By turning conflict resolution techniques upside down, participants will discover new ways to increase both external and internal conflict. Included is a workbook with prompts and techniques that participants can use in their own manuscripts.
In second grade Eileen’s teacher wrote on a homework assignment “I am sure someday you will be an author” which is a tribute to the psychic abilities of elementary school teachers, as well as Eileen's penchant for making things up. While she would go on to fill endless notebooks with bad poetry, short stories, and the occasional start to a novel, she would first pursue a career as a counsellor working with individuals with catastrophic injuries and illness.
Eileen quickly discovered that the challenge of working with real people is that they have real problems and she returned to writing where she could make her characters do what she wanted. She decided to pursue publication when she realized that while rejection wouldn’t be fun- she wasn’t willing to give up on her dream of seeing her books on the shelves.
Currently Eileen is a multi-published author with her books published in nine languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV. Her novel, WITH MALICE, was called “a creepy satisfying thriller” by Entertainment Weekly and her latest THE HANGING GIRL has just hit the shelves. She’s a popular speaker at conferences both in the US and in Canada and is passionate about helping other writers reach their dreams by offering instruction and mentorship.
You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com.