Narrative Structure for Fiction Writers

Timothy Daly

Saturday 10 August, 10am-4pm

Full Price: $195
Member: $135
Conc Member: $120

What makes stories work effectively? Why do some stories move you while others fail? Narrative and story structure is much more important in the overall success of a work than many writers realise. This day-long workshop will teach you many of the narrative structures and story patterns that lie beneath the surface of successful stories.

Participants will learn by applying the many narrative structures studied to their own writing and stories. Both macro-structures (those which drive an entire story) and micro-structures (paragraph structure, page textures, etc) will be analysed and used by the participating writers in creative exercises. Other structures explored include three-part film structure; the plot snake; the components of linear narrative; episodic structure; and how the character journey and the relationship journey create the form of a story.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Gain a comprehensive picture of a rich variety of narrative structures;
  2. See numerous examples of narrative structure at work in successful stories; and
  3. Have had the opportunity to create fiction using some of the narrative patterns studied.

Participant Requirements

All notes will be supplied. Just bring pens and paper.

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