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

Raising the Stakes: Arcs and Conflicts

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  • $85.00 Non-Member
  • $75.00 Member

Class Description

Have you ever been asked to "Raise the stakes!” in your writing, only to find yourself asking, “What the heck are stakes... how does one raise them?” Or, have you been told, “I love this character, but nothing really happens…” In this workshop, you will learn how to construct story arcs. Whether you are a plot driven, or character driven writer, hands-on exercises will teach you how to define circumstances, amplify tension, escalate internal, and external conflicts. There will also be a group discussion centered around analysis of scenes from work with strong arcs across multiple genres. As well as time for optional sharing of your work with the group. This workshop is ideal for short story writers, novelists, screenwriters, or playwrights looking to up the ante.



Class Format

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!



Scholarship Information

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.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

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!