Three-act structure–which you will find in almost every movie ever made–has been around at least as long as the ancient Greeks. Screenwriters adhere to it strictly. As a novelist, you are probably more aware of it than you think. You know that every story has a beginning, a middle, a climax and a resolution. But knowing the specifics of what goes where, and when, can help you structure your story so that it resonates with readers on a subconscious level.
Next month, my online class is “Structure Your Novel Like a Movie,” hosted by the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers. In
this workshop, you’ll learn the ins and outs of this basic storytelling form and how to apply it to a novel of any length or genre. It’s not a formula, but rather a powerful storytelling tool to help you emphasize a story’s strengths and shore up its weaknesses. It’s a tool you can use before you write or during revision.
When: April 1 – 30, 2011
Deadline: March 25
In May, I’ll be teaching an online class on Setting. Click on the “Workshops” tab at the top of this page to find out about this and all future workshops.