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Notes behind the cut. People are attributed by initials; aud -> indicates an audience comment or question. As always, transcribed fast and only vaguely edited, misattributions and errors are my own. Assume everything outside of quote marks is a paraphrase. (?) indicates something that I missed.

How to Write a Synopsis
Panelists: Karl Schroeder, Erik Buchanan, Stephen Pearl, and Michael Martinek (mod).

Description: A synopsis is an important part of the submission package you will use to sell your novel. But what is a synopsis and how is it developed and polished? Is there an ideal length? Panelists discuss common problems and errors.

MM - moderating because he's written so many bad ones
- what do you think are worst mistakes?
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Cognitive Science and The Making Of Fiction
By Karl Schroeder

- cognitive science looks at how brain reads and writes (literature, not software)
- reduce memory of trauma by prolonging experience but at a lower level -> points to how brain is wired toward endings and therefore how it processes narrative

- how many characters can brain keep track of?
- why so few stories with only one character?

- current lit theory says: discourse structures reality
- author as mouthpiece of external force
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