Story Structure for the Novel


Develop a solid premise and sketch out your story's structure with the goal of completing a six-page detailed synopsis that you can use to complete a draft of your novel.

Starting at $695.00
As few as 10 weeks

What you will learn.

  • Develop a compelling premise and moral argument for your novel
  • Identify key elements of your novel's story structure
  • Craft a compelling conclusion to your story
  • Write a detailed synopsis you can use as a map to your final draft

About this course:

Many aspiring novelists write with the hope that inspiration will come. The result is time wasted on a flabby novel with no clear shape and a sagging pace. On the other hand, story structure gives your novel a skeleton; it forms the bones of your story. And just as adding flesh and clothing to a body makes that body more unique, so does any creative addition the writer makes to his or her basic structure. This course teaches you how to build that skeleton, from a solid premise line to building the moral argument of your novel. You ensure that your novel has what story structure guru John Truby calls the "seven key steps," and you learn how reversals and reveals, as well as character wants and needs, can drive your story to a satisfying conclusion. Exercises focus on structural elements such as character ghosts, story world, and more. By the end of the course, you have in hand a six-page synopsis that works. In addition, for most weeks, you submit up to 750 words of writing that relate to a particular structural element.

Winter 2021 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses are fully online and have no regular meeting times.

Future Offering (Opens November 02, 2020 12:00:00 AM)
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Caroline Leavitt
See Details
Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required. Materials required.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 27, 2021
Course Requirements
Book: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
Book: The Anatomy of Story by John Truby

Contact Us

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

This course applies towards the following certificates & specializations…

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