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Conflict in Storytelling

  • San Diego Writers, Ink. 2730 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA, 92106 United States (map)

Conflict is at the heart of every story that resonates, moves us and captures our imagination. The conflict can be obstacle set in front of a character, a threat that compels them to act, or even a feeling inside that they can’t resolve. Conflict is what we latch on to as an audience and without it our stories can fall flat. 

In this workshop we’ll explore how to integrate conflict into our writing and make it the crux of the stories we compose. Much of the workshop will be dedicated to looking within, seeking to understand the conflicts we experience in our own lives, and understanding how to write about it. Special emphasis will be placed on exploring the aspects of vulnerability and honest self reflection it takes to write stories that resonate. 

This workshop will be hands on and interactive. Beginners and experienced writers can benefit from this workshop. Feel free to bring in a piece that you’re working on you can start something new in session. Most of all, be sure to bring something to write with.

Cost: $45 for SD Writers, Ink members. $54 for nonmembers.

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San Diego Writers, Ink.
Arts District Liberty Station
2730 Historic Decatur Road, 
Barracks 16, 2nd floor (above the Women’s Museum)
San Diego CA 92106

Instructor Bio:

Nathan Young is a public speaking coach and storytelling consultant. He has worked with such groups as TEDxSanDiego, the literary arts nonprofit So Say We All, and is currently the director of The New Narrative, a live storytelling project exploring how societal stories can be rewritten to create a more equitable future.

Nathan has over six years of experience in public speaking, creative writing and storytelling. He has seen first hand how communities grow stronger and people become more confident through sharing their stories. Storytelling helps individuals relate to each other, understand one another and feel a little less alone in the world.

More info about his workshops and projects can be found at

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