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Preface. 1. Taking it Forward. 2. The Precepts Revisited. 3. Finding the Essence. 4. Character, Conflict and Trouble. 5. Inhibiting Character. 6. Discovering Plot. 7. Devices. 8. Dialogue in Fiction. 9. Drama. 10. The Genre of Memoir. 11. The Genre of Fiction. 12. Revision.

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Guide to writing publishable short stories, novels and memoirs using the Freefall Writing technique

About the Author

Barbara Turner-Vesselago has published two non-fiction books in Canada, Skelton at Sixty and Freefall. Her novel manuscript, No News But Kindness, was a finalist for the Chapters/Robertson Davies Book Prize (Canada), and winner of the Short Story Radio First Chapter Competition (UK). She has a doctorate from the University of Cambridge and has taught at universities in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Nigeria. She now lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her husband, Michael Vesselago, and teaches Freefall Writing Workshops worldwide.


Barbara maps the dangerous journey from intuitive 'free-fall' writing to consciously created fiction, making it exhilarating; a lucid, well researched and clearly illustrated guide we can safely follow. A fitting companion to her strongly recommended Writing Without a Parachute. -- Dr Gillie Bolton, author of 12 books on writing including The Writer's Key: Introducing Creative Solutions for Life.
Not so much dipping the toe into writing as taking the plunge, in this book, Barbara Turner-Vesselago guides us through the heart of the creative process, using experiential exercises and practical tips to enable the aspiring writer to develop a 'first draft' into a more expanded and refined piece of work. I have wanted to write for years...this book made me feel that I can't wait to start! -- Debra Penman, co-author of Writing Well: Creative Writing and Mental Health

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