Story Structure for the Novel

WRITING X 413.1E

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.

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Hybrid (Remote)
Starting at $695.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0

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 are worksheets which 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.

Winter 2022 Schedule

Date & Time
Details
Format
 
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Saturday 10:00AM - 11:00AM PT
Enrollment Closed
See Details
Instructor: Caroline Leavitt
383945
Fee:
$695.00
Hybrid (Remote)format icon
Location: Remote Classroom
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required. Materials required.

This a hybrid (Remote) format course which combines asynchronous online instruction with semi-regular, required live meetings held on Zoom. Please see the course syllabus for specifics. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 26, 2022
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
Schedule
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Date
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Discussion
Sat Jan 15, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
Remote Classroom
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Sat Jan 22, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
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Sat Jan 29, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
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Sat Feb 5, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
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Sat Feb 12, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
Remote Classroom
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Sat Feb 19, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
Remote Classroom
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Sat Feb 26, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
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Sat Mar 5, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
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Sat Mar 12, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Sat Mar 19, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
Remote Classroom

Spring 2022 Schedule

Date & Time
Details
Format
 
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Saturday 10:00AM - 11:00AM PT
Future Offering (Opens January 31, 2022 12:00:00 AM)
See Details
Instructor: Caroline Leavitt
385478
Fee:
$695.00
Hybrid (Remote)format icon
Location: Remote Classroom
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 20, 2022
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
The Anatomy of Story by John Truby
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Sat Apr 9, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Sat Apr 16, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Sat Apr 23, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Sat Apr 30, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
Remote Classroom
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Sat May 7, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
Remote Classroom
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Sat May 14, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
Remote Classroom
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Sat May 21, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
Remote Classroom
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Sat May 28, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
Remote Classroom
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Sat Jun 4, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Sat Jun 11, 2022
10:00AM PT - 11:00AM PT
Remote Classroom

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