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Tell Me a Story: The architecture of writing (Session 3 of 6)
February 5, 2022 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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In this six-month Interintellect Salon series, writer and editor Julie Mosow shares everything she knows about writing, becoming the writer you’ve always hoped to be…and, most importantly, about finishing the work you start.
How can we create the strong but invisible scaffolding that will support and sustain a narrative? What’s the best approach to drafting? Should we sit and bang out 500 words a day until something feels finished? Or should we outline our work down to the paragraph and follow a plan? How does the structure of a book differ depending on whether we’re writing fiction or nonfiction? And how can we use ideas and techniques pulled from multiple genres (Save the Cat! anyone?) to improve any kind of writing from personal essay, newsletters, short stories, fables, novels, and non-fiction of all kinds.
In this salon, the third in the series, we’ll study structure and discuss how to use it to build a solid foundation for your own writing. We’ll also figure out how to make that structure flexible enough to bend or perhaps even break as the writing develops so that you never feel constrained.
Read Teaching and Assessing Understanding of Text Structures Across Grades (particularly p. 2)
Plus 2-3 pieces from fellow salon attendees, to be distributed the week of 1/31/22
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