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

Understanding Story

No Longer Enrolling

  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

What makes a story compelling? Satisfying? What makes a story stick with an audience long after the film, television show, or novel is complete? In this class we will examine the elements of Betrayal, Duty, Lies, Desire, Sacrifice, Redemption, and more as we not only discover the source of engaging stories but also how to tell these stories in the most dynamic way possible. We'll spend the first half of the class analyzing story elements, story structure, framing devices, and writing techniques. We'll spend the second half putting our new skills to the test, and you will begin crafting your own stories (for any medium). You will leave the class not only with a better understanding of the conventions of story, but also with a start to a great, compelling, original story in the medium of your choosing.

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!