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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

A Map in the Wilderness: Unsticking your Plot using Cinematic Structure

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  • $150.00 Non-Member
  • $130.00 Member

Class Description

The only thing worse than staring at the first blank page of our novel is staring at the fiftieth, hundredth, or hundred and fiftieth page with no idea what should happen next. As writers, we peer into the fog ahead, lost in a wilderness of options. Fortunately, there is a map that not only tells us what to do at any point in our story, but also guides us, step-by-step, to a thrilling showdown and satisfying conclusion. The cinematic three-act structure is the cornerstone of storytelling in our society, and once we understand it, we can find our way out of any story. Bring your work-in-progress novel or short story to this workshop to gain new insights and direction. We’ll examine your work step-by-step to find patterns in the stories that allow us to map out the next move or rearrange existing events. You’ll have the opportunity to workshop your story structure with the class. Be prepared to create notes that will help you move forward when you return to your writing place.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!