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Friday, April 29 • 10:00am - 11:30am
1B: Essentials of Structure FILLING

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Do you have so many ideas on the page but struggle with how to arrange them? What does it mean to have a well-structured story or essay? In this class, we will go over the essentials of structure used in fiction and non-fiction. We'll talk about the narrative arc: inciting incident, the climax, the resolution. We'll discuss the importance of the first paragraph and of the last paragraph. We'll talk about what to do with backstory and with subplots, and how to know if they belong in your story/essay or if they should be chopped. We'll also learn a new trick about structure that involves a chicken, a mouse, and a snake -- this trick will help your story or essay stay well-structured while remaining a living, breathing thing.

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Annie Hartnett

Annie Hartnett is the author of the novel Rabbit Cake (Tin House Books, 2017), which was selected as an Indies Introduce pick by the America Booksellers Association. Annie was the 2013-2014 Writer in Residence for the Associates of the Boston Public Library. She has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Alabama, and has received awards and honors from the Bread Loaf School of English, Indiana Review, and McSweeney's. She teaches regular... Read More →

Friday April 29, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Newbury Room