Building Blocks Intensive: Constructing a Compelling Narrative (8-Class Bundle)

Facilitator: Annette Januzzi Wick and Tina Neyer

  • Date: 09-21-2018 to 11-16-2018
  • Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • Tuition: $349.00
  • Open to: Anyone 18+ who has previously attended a WWf(a)C class. All genders welcome.

WWf(a)C presents eight weeks of intensive study into the art of creating a story. Many of the principles presented in these workshops are applicable to longer works and short story. Throughout these eight weeks, we will examine various elements of story to help participants increase their knowledge and expertise in the construction of a written story. Each workshop is designed with hands-on exercises to help the writer hone an existing manuscript and in the creation of new material.

Note: Recommended reading: The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood.

(Please see link, below, to register for individual classes.)

Please Note: There will be no class on Friday, November 2nd.

Week One: Story and Backstory. Where does a story start and end? What do you leave out and what’s left? In this class, we look at the various elements of story and what role they play.

Week Two: Opening Pages: Don't Stop Now. What grabs a reader’s attention? In this class, we will look at how to incorporate the most important characteristics of your story into the opening pages.

Week Three: Giving Purpose to Your Characters. What is an “inciting” incident? Does it always have to involve a death or murder? In the class, we will also review the concepts of character motivation and agency, and the overarching theme of your narrative.

Week Four: Moving Through Scene. How does one swiftly create a believable world, and what are the pitfalls that might destroy the reader’s imagination? In this class, we will examine how to move easily through scenes and build the backdrop to your story, and also tackle time movement and transitions.

Week Five: Inner Action / Outer Action. What is inside the character’s head? How is that different from what is inside the writer’s head? In this session, we also will look at how to decide what should be written as inner dialogue or formed into action.

Week Six: Narrative Arc: The Shape of Story. What is propelling your story forward? In this session, we look at the concept of a story arc and what tricks you can use to keep the reader engaged.

Week Seven: Dialogue: Make It Real. In this session, we look at language, dialects, and authenticity. We will read aloud passages of others and our own to tune our ears toward realistic dialogue.

Week Eight: Put It Together. In this session, we will learn techniques for writing and revising our work to incorporate the above elements.

NOTE: If you register and pay through this page, you will be registering for the 8-Class Bundle for $349.  If you would like to register for individual classes (for $55 each) please CLICK HERE and select the appropriate class(es).

Location & Special Instructions

Women Writing for (a) Change
6906 Plainfield Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236


Scholarships in varying amounts are available for our programs depending on need and availability of funds. If you would like to apply for a scholarship for one of our classes, click here to download our PDF application. Call 513-272-1171 if you have further questions.

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