Matt Bird - Writing for Strangers

  • March 15, 2018
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL


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Matt Bird

Writing for Strangers

Most of us start out telling the story we want to read, but how do you make your story interesting enough to pass the “chatty stranger on an airplane” test? 

Can you win over a jaded audience that is sick to death of over-worked plot lines and doesn't want to distrust your hero?  We discuss 122 neat little tricks you can use to maximize audience identification with your characters and interest in your plot. Matt will accept manuscripts for critique. Please see manuscript guidelines for details.

Matt Bird has an MFA from Columbia University, but a lot of the advice he hands out now is the opposite of what he was taught there.  He is the author of the bestselling writing guide “The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers”, published in 2016 by Writer’s Digest Press.  He lives in Evanston, Illinois with his wife and two adorable children. Matt can be reached on his website:

9-9:30 AM registration and socializing
9:30-12 PM program

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