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About the course
What makes story 'story'?
What's the hidden code that makes stories work?
This course provides a clear answer to these questions.
Based on the methodology outlined in Leon Conrad's award-winning book, Story and Structure: A complete guide, it covers six key story structures in detail and gives an overview of a further fourteen structures identified to date.

The course is delivered for two levels.

The first is for writers under 18 who want to improve their writing and see more of their work in print.

The second is for writers over 18 with an interest in narrative - If you're a storyteller, writer, narratologist, literary theorist, systems theorist, political analyst, historian, narrative therapist, or just have an interest in how stories work, this course is for you.

Course outline
Taught online in a group format mainly via XPeriencify, Zoom, and Nearpod.
Delivery is a mix of pre-recorded content and live individualised group and 1:1 coaching.
Course details will be shared on registration.
Week 1
Week 1
Introduction, Structure 1: Transformation, Structure 2: Quest
Week 2
Week 2
Structure 3: Trickster, Structure 4: Revelation, Linear and Dynamic structures
Week 3
Week 3
Structure 5: Call and Response, Structure 6: Chinese Circular Structure
Week 4
Week 4
Plot patterns, the narrator, descriptions, transitions
Week 5
Week 5
Open-ended and closed structures
Week 6
Week 6
The unfolding of story structures
Week 7
Week 7
Mapping the dynamic Chinese Circular Structure to the linear structures covered
Week 8
Week 8
The story structure of sentences, the quality of sentence types
Week 9
Week 9
The story structure of poetic forms
Week 10
Week 10
Left open-ended for student requests or content which emerges from engagement with the course
Homework will be set for most sessions and participants will have the opportunity to share work in and between sessions.
If you are unable to attend a course, but would like to book a 1:1 story structure consultancy session, you can do so easily here.
What you will get after the course
Certificate of completion
Course materials for reference and personal use
Discounts and special offers on future courses
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