February 28, 2021 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST
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Narrative Structure and Organic Creativity: Telling Your Story
So, if you’re like me, you have twenty different ideas about a hundred different stories that have been told a million times. That said, whether in a long piece of fiction or a short personal essay, there are specific tools writers use to structure their story into a narrative. Likewise, the reader needs to follow you, and they, too, come to your story with their own ideas, stories, and past experiences, which they tell and re-tell in their own way however many times in however many voices in whatever order they want. So, we have a big task at hand: Tell your story to the reader in a way that is both organically your own and can connect with a stranger. In this seminar, we will focus on various types of narrative structure through examples across all types of forms and genres. Specifically, we’ll look at three different models to see how they work, what is gained and what is lost, and how you can benefit by looking at your story through different narrative structures.
Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.