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.
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.
Fall 2019 Schedule
These courses are fully online, and there are no in-person classroom meetings.