The Structure of Story
A nuts & bolts course on every story's key components.
The Structure of Story is about just that: structure. Often structure isn't taught because people assume it's a natural byproduct of writing.
Like if you write a story, you'll intuitively know how long to make your scenes, where to place chapter breaks, and how to maximize the effects of dramatic or comedic action.
But that simply isn't true.
Yes, literature (of all genres) is an art form. But like other art forms, it springs from a definite, working knowledge of craft.
By learning the mechanics of story structure, you will be able to identify the key elements of your story, shape them to increase your story's desired effect on your readers, and turn craft concepts into tools you have at your disposal whenever you sit down to write.
After all, it is by using the tools of one's craft that one masters them, turning conscious effort into unconscious working knowledge.
I've worked with hundreds of writers as a teacher, editor, and writing coach. I've seen time and again that certain fundamentals of writing simply are not common knowledge. They're the sort of things many teachers take for granted, assuming everyone in class knows them. And they're the sort of things that are critical to shaping a narrative, but aren't necessarily simple to grasp.
Now you don't have to worry about asking one of those "dumb" questions or whether or not you know what you don't know.
In this course, we're going to cover the Structure of Story from the three acts to the climax to the reveal. There are plenty of writing exercises to help you get a firm grasp on the tools of your trade - or art form - and to help you apply what you're learning to your current work-in-progress. We'll examine the key components of each act, hooks, and the point of no return 1 and 2, and lots more!
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Alida has been writing her entire life and teaching for over a decade, from high school to graduate level courses, and lots of writing workshops in between. She is the author of the Story Works Guide to Writing Fiction Series, A Stone's Throw, The Skoghall Mystery Series, and numerous short stories. When she's not writing or teaching, you can spot her around Minneapolis on her bike, in her kayak, or being walked by her golden retriever.