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Cinematic Structure for the Prose Writer

Thursday, September 10th, 6:00-9:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

In screenwriting, structure is everything, and as authors continue to gain inspiration from films, and audiences devour stories in all media, it is inevitable that Hollywood structure will find its way into prose.

Does the Hollywood story structure translate to novels, memoir, or theatre? Within the endless tomes on the art of screenwriting, there are strategies and ideas not touched upon by books on prose writing that could be invaluable to writers of other genres.

In this three-hour seminar, we will explore the fundamentals of Hollywood structure and how to apply them to prose. We will discuss books that show an awareness of this structure, such as The Golden Compass, Fight Club, The Hunger Games, and The Great Gatsby, and analyze how screenplay structure differs from and expands upon the literary story.

We will also discuss how screenwriting principles can help you to write cinematic prose by focusing on dialogue and stripping the story down to the necessities.

Students will be given brief writing prompts where they ask questions about their own work and explore ways of incorporating the structure into their stories.

This class is perfect for novelists, memoir writers, or young adult fiction writers looking for a new way to see structure.


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Mark Fogarty
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  • "Inspired Me to Write More"
  • "Very Well-Organized"


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