Emergent Structures: How Structure Shapes Your Story On A Macro And Micro Level With Susan J. Morris
- $75.00 - Supporting Tuition
- $55.00 - Helping Hands
Structure is so much more than a formula to be followed. It’s a set of reader expectations that are emergent from the genre, culture, and the story itself, and understanding those structures not only helps you write but it also helps ensure a satisfying reading experience.
In this workshop, we’ll venture beyond the three-act structure, discussing other established plot structures before moving on to the structures inherent in scenes and character arcs. Then we’ll explore how structure is emergent from story and learn how to identify the points in a story that set trajectories and reader expectations. Finally, we’ll put that analysis to good use with exercises to identify a scene’s structure, pick out missing structural elements, and determine how to end a troublesome scene.
Students will explore how structure works on a plot, scene, and character level, in various structures, and how to identify the moments that define a story, scene, or character arc's structure.
About the Instructor:
Susan J. Morris (she/her) is a fantasy author and editor, best known for “Writers Don’t Cry” (a writing advice column that was featured on Amazon’s blog Omnivoracious) and her work editing Forgotten Realms and Monte Cook Games novels (both shared world SFF). She’s also published four middle-grade books and designed Dungeons & Dragons for kids and has enjoyed moderating panels for the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium for many years. There’s a special place in her heart for cicadas, nudibranchs, jellyfish, crows, fungi, and bees. Represented by Jennifer Azantian.
This event will be held in Zoom. By registering for this class, you agree to follow the Clarion West Code of Conduct and Zoom policies.
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Sliding Scale Pricing:
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Clarion West will refund all class fees if the request is made 30 days before the class date. Refund requests made within 30 days of the class will be honored if we can fill the seat.
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