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Strengthen Your Spine: Giving Your Story Structure

Date: 5/10/18 – 5/31/18

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Thursday

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Advanced

Genre: Multigenre

• Regular: $140.00
• Member: $126.00
• Low-Income: $98.00

In a full-length narrative novel, script, or book-length memoir, how the story is built and paced—its structure—is the engine that drives the characters and pulls and builds interest. For a writer, it's important to be able to see your story—the arc of the actions and choices your characters make—from a 30,000-foot view. Can you gauge how well you're engaging your reader—or viewer?

We'll use tools developed by screenwriters to take your long story and see how it looks from 30,000 feet. Class time will be spent familiarizing students with the structural story-model film writers use, then applying screenplay tools to your work: the pitch, the one-page synopsis and the scene-by-scene breakdown. An important component will be sharing work. The goal is not to critique students' stories: it's to give you the opportunity to see if your structure is helping you tell the story you want to tell. Writers working on a long story in draft or revision will benefit the most from this class. Students will be given exercises to do between classes and to bring in copies to share.