July 1, 2016 by Petrea
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Story structure comes not from some forced outline, but from our instinctual understanding of beginnings, middles, and ends. At the beginning of a story, something’s out of order. A hero is someone who strives to return things to order. Simple!
Yet just because something’s simple doesn’t mean it’s easy. Middles are the hardest to write. You know your character, you know what her quest is. But how do you get her from point A to point C? This part is what the audience comes to see. It’s why the reader buys the book. Who cares about a hero who sashays from chaos to order with no obstacles in between?
You already know how to write clear sentences, strong description, and interesting characters. Combining these things into a great story, one that fulfills you as an author and that readers will enjoy, requires that you be your own hero and put your story in the right order—the order that works not only for your reader, but also for you. It’s not easy to do, but it’s simple. At the Story Kitchen I’ll show you how, and we’ll get you motivated to get it finished.
That’s story structure. That’s the Story Kitchen. Where we build the structure that’s right for YOUR story.
Join me in July and August for the Story Kitchen, at the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse. Let’s put your story in order.
Class size is limited so every story gets lots of attention.
Dates: July 13th, 20th, 27th, and August 3d and 10th.
Times: Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:45PM.
Location: Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Cost: $249 for 5 weeks. Payments are made to the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse, either in person or by phone at (818) 790-0717.
Payment in full is required by end of business on July 10th. Refunds are pro-rated.