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All Levels | Story structure is a taboo subject in a discussion of literary fiction, and yet is all too often our greatest stumbling block. Ever started what you hoped would be a long project only to get stuck on page 42? In this craft seminar, we will explore what makes a story go and what makes it keep going. Using films, TV shows, and novels, we will investigate how to tell a story that feels organic — one which arises out of character, not a random series of events or formulas. Our goal here is to demystify the process of dramatic structure and give you the confidence and dramatic tools you need to turn your vision into that next great novel, film, or HBO series. Lecture followed by Q&A.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Sunil Yapa is the author of Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist (Lee Boudreaux Books, 2016), a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner award, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. It was also named one of the best books of 2016 by Amazon, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Bustle, and others.
Yapa’s fiction and non-fiction have appeared in American Short Fiction, Guernica, O Magazine, Poets & Writers, The Margins, Hyphen, Slice, LitHub and others. He is the recipient of the 2010 Asian American Short Story Award, sponsored by Hyphen Magazine and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York, and has received scholarships to The New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, The Norman Mailer Writers’ Center in Provincetown and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.