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

Parallel Tracks: How to Master Multiple Storylines, Time Frames, and Points of View in Fiction

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  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

In How Fiction Works, James Wood argues that simultaneity—being two things at once, or in two places at once—lies at the heart of fiction. Dual settings, parallel plots, underworlds, and alter egos give structural backbone to numerous classics and contemporary works from A Tale of Two Cities to A Tale for the Time Being. But how does the writer—the wizard behind this machinery—master the moving parts?

This seminar will explore double lives and parallel plots, perspectives, time frames, and settings. You’ll learn how to add new dimensions to your characters and stories by exploring underlying contradictions and tensions, and trace the central thread through transitions, bridges, ties, and structures that make it all cohere, or fragment, meaningfully. You will come away with new strategies for constructing the frames and intersections that undergird the narrative whole.

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!