Every genre places a high value on drama and character, including the character arc. But genre fiction is about something more, a conceptual proposition that takes us to other places, cultures, and worlds; that bends the laws of physics (including time itself); that intrigues and teases with puzzling questions and outrageous propositions. There is more here than meets the eye; in fact, genre fiction leans on three of the six realms of story physics: rich concept (leading to a high-value premise), hero empathy, and vicarious experience. When those are infused into a premise, the upside is significant. This workshop puts these story essences front and center and shows how they work to fuel bestsellers and break-in novels alike.