Story Architecture – Phase 2: Character Stories

In this intermediate program I will focus on expanding the fundamentals. Participants will be expected to have some facility with writing scenes and this program will focus on how scenes then are used to construct a character story: a narrative journey for a single character undergoing some specific conflict or transformation.

In and of themselves, scenes are not useful. Nobody runs to the book store or magazine rack to buy Joe Lamewriter’s latest scene. No, scenes are only useful in that they are the primary component from which real writing products are eventually assembled. Think of them as bricks, and the simplest useful thing you can build from bricks would be a wall. Walls can be useful on their own terms, or they can be combined to build even bigger, more complex things, like houses. Similarly, scenes are combined into character stories, which can either be the end product in itself, if you want to sell it as a short story, or they can be the fundamental components of a larger, more complex structure: the novel.

Full-Day Workshop Format: 5 hrs

Course Format: 4-6 sessions of 3 hrs each, plus 2 hrs of homework between sessions

Creativity in practice: Understanding and harnessing your creative potential
Story Architecture - Phase 1: Scenes

About the author

Jefferson Smith is a Canadian fantasy author, as well as the founder, chief editor and resident proctologist of ImmerseOrDie. With a PhD in Computer Science and Creativity Systems compounded by a life spent exploring most art forms for fun and profit, he is underqualified in just about everything. That’s why he writes.