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Your Story Structure

Be a better writer by becoming a better builder…

Got an idea, but not entirely sure how to build it? We’ll show you the tools to keeping your story intact and how to build a vital framework. More detail

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Course description

Discover the secret to holding your story together

So you’ve started to write. You found a brilliant character, a witty or profound voice, a spectacular setting. And yet, you just can’t seem to keep the story going. It just… peters… out.

Character. Voice. Dialogue. Place. Style. All these elements are crucial in the forming of a compelling story. But without a solid structure, none of these elements are enough. The story flounders. The writer gets stuck.

Structure is the skeleton of story, the shape that holds everything together. For most writers, finding the structure is the key to making the story work. For many writers, it’s the most difficult element.

Whether you’re working on a novel, memoir, narrative non-fiction or short stories, this course on structure will help you understand the mysteries of what holds a story together, and how to make your story sing.

This is a course that will teach you to understand classical narrative and to apply it to your own writing. Using exercises, discussion and carefully selected examples, you’ll complete the course with a new understanding of your own story and how to make it work.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Finding the shape of your story.
  • Narrative shapes: the hero’s journey and mythic quest.
  • Rising and descending line narratives.
  • Mimesis and catharsis – the magic of story.
  • Making an active protagonist.
  • How to find and maintain conflict.
  • External narrative and internal change.
  • Creating turning points.
  • Set-up, pay-off and the perfect resolution.
  • And MUCH more.

Your presenters

  • Kathryn Heyman

    Kathryn Heyman, Sydney

    Dr Kathryn Heyman is the author of five novels, all published internationally and in translation. her latest book,... View Profile

Graduate testimonials

  • “Kathryn is a bright personality who really grabs your attention … she has some brilliant techniques to get you deep inside your character, which will make it much easier for you to plot the story.  She’s deeply into what she does and wants to get the best out of her students. She listens well and will help you create your idea into a writable plot.”

    Sean O’Connor

    “This morning course was delightful – one could enjoy the stunning setting and public transport was ‘to the door’, as well as an excellent presenter and interesting participants.”

    Pamela Huggins