ClassFrom Instinct to Story Arc
You’ve heard of this thing called “structure.” You know your novel, memoir, or short story needs it. But you’re happy to leave English class essay outlines far, far behind you—along with mean girls and pocket squares. There is a better way. Forget analytical left-brain plot hacks rooted in Western patriarchal hegemony. Instead, approach structure from the power of your creative instinct. In this class, we’ll discuss building frames for your creative writing by decoding the yearning and themes at the heart of your project.
We’ll look at how to move from abstract to practical questions by mining your own intuition as raw material. We'll consult readings and lectures on plot by Robert Olen Butler, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Toni Morrison, and others. Using prompts, games, and collaborative brainstorming, we’ll uncover what your creative subconscious already knows: how to shape your story.
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.
Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.