Mapping Strategies: Story Structure

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There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for story structure. Let’s discuss a plan that is right for you. We’ll brainstorm the strengths and weaknesses of your story’s destination and the journey along the way. Is there a rich narrative and character arc, a strong point of entry, appropriate placement of flashbacks, a transformative and resonant ending, and will a reader care? We will play with maps, sketches, diagrams, and understand the importance of revising your initial plan as your story takes on a life of its own. This workshop is designed to inspire confidence to start, finish, and revise your manuscript. Bring your specific idea for a short story, memoir, or novel.

LIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE: This workshop will be held via our online video conferencing platform, Zoom. The dates and times will remain the same. You can view brief tutorials on using the platform here.

About Lynn Auld Schwartz

Lynn Auld Schwartz is a writer, story development editor, and has ghostwritten three books. Her plays and staged readings have been performed in Atlanta and NYC, including Lincoln Center. She founded the Temple Bar Literary Reading Series in NYC, has received two Individual Artist Awards in Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council, and an Annie Literary Arts Award from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.  Her stories have appeared in literary journals and she produces and directs the Page To Stage series, which offers regional writers the opportunity to perform their life stories. A graduate of The City College of New York, Columbia University, and The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, Schwartz teaches fiction and memoir at St. John’s College and The Writer’s Center. More about her at:

Teaching style: Lynn packs her workshops with relevant content — sharing specific techniques and illustrations designed to improve a participant’s writing. There is also ample time for questions, discussion, and in-class writing exercises that put technique into practice. Lynn feels it is important to create an inspiring, supportive, and fun environment.



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