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* I took two Creative Writing courses at our local college several years ago and madeno advancement in creative writing skills.Once I found Creative Writing Institute, and sent a short manuscript for evaluation by Lynn Carroll, I knew this was the most hopeful doorway for me and signed up.After only three lessons of Creative Writing 101, the drive to become a student and writer again was confirmed and on I went. My tutor, Jo Popek, cheered me every inch of the way. Even the busy CEO, Deborah Owen, took time to write encouraging words. What a great staff. Betty C.
* I just wanted to let you guys know I was assigned to create a newsletter in my technical writing class. We had to write articles based off a fake company we created. I, of course, chose to "own" a used bookstore. So the articles in my newsletter had to be about things people who shop at a used bookstore would read. I wrote several articles, turned them in, and got and 100%! She said my articles were amazing, informative but encouraging, and she absolutely loved them. I wanted to thank both of you and let you know. You really have trained me well! You given me skill that will help me with future jobs, and school! Thanks!! Arial P.
* This is exactly what I've searched for - [Introduction to Poetry] - poetry forms and rules, punctuation and line breaks. I constantly stumble over the latter. I deeply appreciate your comments and suggestions. There is nowhere else for me to turn for help. Thank you for spending your valuable time teaching this class. I've searched hard for a [poetry] class like this one and am excited to find it at CWI. Terri C.
* I have been absorbing more than I ever dreamed. The dynamic non-fiction course is just that. Dynamic. My dearest friend and writing buddy has her master's thesis in the Library of Congress and has been reviewing my assignment analyses with me at the end of each lesson. She can't get over how extensive the material is that is being taught. > Lynn answers all my questions promptly, satisfactorily, and with humor. Thanks for everything. Shirley D.
* The [Creative Writing 101] course provided the kind of detailed comments and suggestions for my writing that I have been craving and have not received in other face-to-face classes. Diane M.
Foreshadowing Techniques and Examples
by Deborah Owen
What is foreshadowing? You read it in every story and see it in every movie, but what is it? With new understanding, you can spot it and learn how to use it effectively in your own work.
Foreshadowing is the art of layering clues to build tension. For example, if a story has a prowler on the loose and there is a scene with an open window in an otherwise locked house, that is foreshadowing.
You can introduce foreshadowing with opening lines, settings, dialogue, imagery, poetry, articles, stories, Ouija Boards, fortune tellers,
séances, or even advertisements.
You’ve seen stories where a man is about to stab a woman in the shower. The act of a hand holding a knife and reaching for the shower curtain is foreshadowing. Or how about the drum beating, heart throbbing fin of Jaws? The horror genre has built morbidity on this technique big time, and it would seem thousands of followers love to nibble their nails into the quick.
In my story, There’s the Someone I Will Kill, a teenage girl suffers a breakup with her boyfriend. Home alone, she takes Mom’s Valium, drinks Dad’s Vodka, and then finds a gun. The scene is set for something crazy.
First she plans to kill her boyfriend, but decides to win him back; however, the murderess rage won’t stop until she kills... someone. Drunk and doped, she pockets the gun and walks the aisles of a local store, looking for an old, sick, or disabled person who would surely rather die than live in their present condition.
As she scans one candidate after another, guaranteed... the reader won't eave to raid the refrigerator.
Now, let’s look at the foreshadowing in these scenes:
The breakup (scene charged with emotion)
Drunkenness (psychological changes)
Complicated by Valium (loss of conscience)
Decides she will win boyfriend back (twisted reasoning)
Devilish mood (hate and anger, about to be acted out)
Store scene (high tension)
Selection of victim (the pinnacle)
All of these bread crumbs escort the reader to a surprising ending.
It has been said that the first part of the story should be foreshadowed, and the last part should be foreshadowing acted out. Writing is all about techniques and formulas. When foreshadowing is done well, it's a terrific recipe for success.
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