Structuring Your Story
Get to the heart of the story you want to tell by applying techniques from dramatic structure and the hero's journey in this workshop for writers of all levels.
About this course:If every project starts with a compelling idea, the journey to completing that project begins with an understanding of structure. Structure is the foundation—the bones—of a well-executed story. This intensive workshop provides practical instruction in the two most popular narrative formats: the three-act structure and the hero’s journey. Relying on examples from popular and canonical works of both fiction and nonfiction, we define the essential building blocks of an effective story and test the strength of those building blocks with practical exercises. We develop plot grid templates for both narrative formats and write scenes that allow authors the opportunity to build the connections between the pieces that form a strong foundation. Whether you have an idea or completed draft that just isn’t holding together, this intensive workshop not only presents the essential elements of storybuilding but provides tools and practical templates applicable to authors working in many genres and media.
Winter 2020 Schedule
These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.