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

The Nuts and Bolts of Novel Planning: Setup and Payoff

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  • $85.00 Non-Member
  • $75.00 Member

Class Description

In novel planning, a focused plot can help achieve a story's much-needed forward momentum. This lecture-driven seminar will focus on various models of story structure with examples as well as the concept of "setup and payoff," which is integral to creating satisfying twists that are surprising but inevitable. Students who have previously taken other courses on novel planning, including the seminars: The Nuts and Bolts of Novel Planning: Character Goals and The Nuts and Bolts of Novel Planning: Story Beats will find this course helpful in rounding out the additional parts of their outline.

This course can be taken alone or in conjunction with the other seminars in this series: Nuts and Bolts of Novel Planning: Character Goals (March 15), The Nuts and Bolts of Novel Planning: Story Beats (April 5), Nuts and Bolts of Novel Planning: POV, Side Characters, and Endings (May 3rd).

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!