Weather Warning: Class Canceled

Due to inclement weather, this is where I will be spending the day. Fine by me.

Due to inclement weather, this is where I will be spending the day. Fine by me.

Everyone in today’s creative writing class should have a voice mail or a call from me canceling today’s class due to dangerous weather conditions. That means we all get a free day—not. Thanks to the miraculous power of blogging, here’s the homework assignment for next Monday.

Today’s work was to present a timeline based on the story element of plot. We will go over those next week, so anyone behind gets an extra week to catch up. The new story element we were going to work on today is conflict, presented as a poem.

“In works of narrative, conflict is the opposition main characters must face to achieve their goals. Traditionally, conflict is a major literary element that creates tension and interest in a story by adding doubt as to the outcome. A narrative is not limited to a single conflict.” —from Wikipedia

Since National Poetry Week just began, this assignment fits in with everything and we have achieved balance and harmony in our corner of the world. I finally broke down and bought a printer so I could bring some helpful information on building conflict to class. Instead, I’ll just link those below.

I look forward to seeing you next Monday. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your week.

Links for good conflict:


Creating Conflict with a Purpose by C.S. Lakin

5 Tools for Building Conflict in Your Novel by  James Scott Bell


About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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