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.

Starting at $788.00
As few as 4 days

What you can learn.

  • Learn how story structure offers the foundation of a well-executed story
  • Understand how the hero’s journey and the three-act structure are used to shape stories we love
  • Review popular story examples from fiction and nonfiction
  • Develop plot grid templates and write scenes to connect ideas in your project

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.

About the Writers Studio

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This course is part of the 2021 Writers Studio: Home Edition.

Offered by the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, the Writers Studio brings together a community of writing students to workshop with some of Southern California’s most accomplished writers and teachers. Harness your creativity, hone your skills, and develop your story with four days of instruction and writing in a supportive environment.

In light of the ongoing and unpredictable COVID-19 pandemic, the Writers’ Program has moved its signature 4-day intensive workshop series to a fully online environment.

Instruction will be conducted with a combination of Zoom-based meetings, offline independent work time, small group activities, and other approaches to learning. The conference also features daily guest speakers and a keynote presentation by an industry professional of note.

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Winter 2021 Schedule

Available Format(s):

Hybrid courses have both regular remote meeting times and online instruction. Click “See Details” for more information.

Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00AM PT - 6:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Jeanne De Vita
28 days left. Enroll by Feb 17, 2021
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Enrollment limited to 15 students. Visitors not permitted. $150 nonrefundable. Internet access required.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 18, 2021
Course Requirements
Thu Feb 18, 2021
10:00AM PT - 6:00PM PT
Fri Feb 19, 2021
10:00AM PT - 6:00PM PT
Sat Feb 20, 2021
10:00AM PT - 6:00PM PT
Sun Feb 21, 2021
10:00AM PT - 6:00PM PT

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

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