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Friday, May 5 • 10:30am - 11:45am
1B: Essentials of Structure FULL
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One approach to solving the puzzle of structure is to think about what information the reader wants, and when. Presenting your personal essay or short story in an unbroken chronological way usually won’t result in the most engaging read. Why? Because readers tend to privilege the emotional arc of a story (what it means) over the narrative’s bare events (what happened). But how do you organize your material into such an arc, so that readers feel a pull toward meaning, rather than simply an accumulation of events, tugging them onward? What narrative shape will maximize your story’s impact? In this session we’ll explore these issues by reading short sample texts to glean tips from published writers, analyzing some basic structural models and doing guided exercises to get you thinking about your material from new angles.

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Dorian Fox

Nonfiction Writer
Dorian Fox’s essays, stories and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in december, Under the Gum Tree, Gastronomica, National Parks Magazine, Alimentum, and elsewhere. His work has also been shortlisted for awards by Ploughshares and Bellingham Review. He received his MFA in... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Beacon Hill Room

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