Posted February 2019

Story and Structure: How Do You Build It So It Won't Fall Down?


Structure, for many writers, is the Bogeyman. Crime writers especially quake in fear. Foreshadowing! Planted clues! Misdirection! And -- gulp -- three-act organization! How is a poor writer supposed to make sense of this, let alone manipulate it all? Outlining, back-outlining, plotters-vs-pantsers, flashbacks or never flashbacks, it's all too much. The good news: no, it's not, really. Join SJ Rozan for an exploration of structure: what it is and what it isn't, what it can do and what it can't. We'll see how this unnecessarily intimidating concept can be demystified and put to work in the service of narrative. Which, after all, is the point of any element of the writing process: supporting narrative.

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Story and Structure

Join SJ Rozan for an exploration of structure: what it is and what it isn't, what it can do and what it can't. We'll see how this unnecessarily intimidating concept can be demystified and put to work in the service of narrative. Which, after all, is the point of any element of the writing process: supporting narrative. 75 minutes.

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About SJ Rozan

SJ Rozan is the author of sixteen novels and more than seventy-five short stories, and the editor of two anthologies. She has won multiple awards, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, Macavity; Japanese Maltese Falcon; and the Private Eye Writers of America Life Achievement Award. SJ has been Guest of Honor at various crime writers' conventions. She speaks and lectures lectures widely, at such venues as the 92nd Street Y and the Center for Fiction, and has been a Master Artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts and Writer-in-Residence at Singapore Management University. She teaches in the summers at Art Workshop International in Assisi, Italy. SJ was born in the Bronx and lives in lower Manhattan. Find her on the web at http://sjrozan.net/. Photo credit: Charles Kreloff