You have a story the world needs to hear, but there are so many decisions to make: Where do I begin and end? How do I organize and what should I leave out? Who will be the narrator, who is my audience, and is this material best as a novel, memoir, or something else?
These questions are the DNA of storytelling and we’ll address them in depth in this class combining discussion, examples, writing exercises, and take-home activities. You’ll leave energized and confident about making the good choices that lead to great writing.
Please bring a piece of writing to the first class!
- Exploration of genres and what they do best (short stories, novels, non-fiction, memoir, biography, journalism)
- Anatomy of a story (plot, characters and forward movement)
- Naming a Narrator and Knowing your Audience (what POV is, how it can be manipulated)
- Where Structure meets style (finding a way to organize that feels natural to you)
- Setting parameters (mission statement of the story and where to begin and end)