Novel Structure

Friday, March 22nd, from 10:30am-1:30pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
13 seats max

All novels have a defined story arc, but many writers dive into their stories without focusing on this key element, believing it may hamper creativity. But understanding story structure and applying it to your novel actually does the opposite: it unleashes your ability to take the story places you'd never imagine. In this overview course on novel structure, we will dive into the importance of your novel premise, your character’s internal and external story arc, and examine story beats. Students will come away with an understanding of the different methods for novel planning and be able to apply them to their works. This novel structure course allows writers to understand the benefits of and the how-tos of plotting and then use them to create anything from a  one-page synopsis of their in-progress novel to a full scene-by-scene outline.

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Lori Goldstein
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  • "Inundated with Great Info"
  • "Lots of Practical Tips"
  • "Very Well-Organized"


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  • Workshop
  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing


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