September 2017

Fixing Flabby Fiction: A Closer Look at Narrative Structure

Is your fiction flabby? Prose a bit paunchy? Do your characters wander aimlessly? If so, then join us for a closer look at narrative structure. Narrative structure is more than simply plot, moving characters from Point A to Point Z. In this webinar, we’ll take a closer look at how narrative structure works, how to use structure to increase tension, and how narrative structure can—and should—also reveal and develop character. We’ll explore the 4-stage model of narrative structure by taking a detailed look at William Carlos Williams’ short story “The Use of Force” and we’ll discuss how this looks in a novel by reviewing the narrative structure of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

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About Lecturer

About Melissa Gardner

Melissa Gardner lives on the Gulf Coast with her husband and two cats. When she isn’t writing, she works as a reference librarian at a local community college and teaches creative writing classes online. Her most recent work has appeared in the Strangelet Journal, Altarworks, Hypnopomp, and Page & Spine.