Story Structure: NEW CONTENT AVAILABLE
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Story Structure: NEW CONTENT AVAILABLE

Explore and implement the five fundamental elements of storytelling into your creative process
4.2 (28 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
3,128 students enrolled
Created by Scribble Online
Last updated 6/2020
English
Current price: $69.99 Original price: $99.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 12 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Use this course to stimulate your creative writing and problem solving skills.
  • By the end of this course you'll understand, and will be able to apply the 5 fundamental elements of strong story structure, applicable to all types of literature.
Requirements
  • Your preferred writing materials, a comfortable space where you can think and write, and your imagination!
  • Although not essential, it does help if you have a story idea in mind.
Description

Picture this: You’re at a networking event, a writing class, or sat in a coffee shop with friends. You find the courage to tell the group, ‘I’ve got a really good idea for a story!’ Perhaps it’s a web series, an autobiography, a blog, a script, or an essay. Then some know-it-all interjects with a million questions— ‘what happens…who’s the protagonist…what’s the point of their journey…who is the target audience…can I read  your first draft?’ And your response is ‘errrr,’ because you either don’t know how to answer any of these questions or because you’re 'working on it’…two years later, you’re 'still working on it!’

This nano course documents the creative coaching consultation I had with Jonell Rowe — a professional writer, award-winning film director, and founder of Lionstooth Productions. Like Jonell, this nano course will get you thinking about the plausibility of your story idea through story structure so that you can develop a seamless narrative that resonates with your audience.

Whether you’re going for a milieu-based, idea-centric, character-led, or event-driven story; Whether you’re developing something traditional or absurdly abstract; whether you’re writing a stage play, screenplay, manuscript, some audio or web content—an awareness of story structure is a must.

Let’s nip the uncertainty, procrastination, writers' block, and writers' angst in the bud so you can write the story your legacy deserves!

Together, we'll explore five fundamental elements of storytelling:

  1. Character

  2. Plot

  3. Setting 

  4. Theme 

  5. Writing style

Using the resources in the fillable workbook provided, coupled with support from the lectures, you will:

  • Establish the character profiles and character dynamics in your story,

  • develop a story structure overview, create a three-act, four-act or five-act framework for your narrative,

  • write a themes and sub-themes summary

  • and articulate your writing style and artistic intentions.

Then with further support from wider reading materials, inspirational videos and other content, you'll have a boss blueprint for any narrative, which will enable you to stay on track with your artistic vision.

Who this course is for:
  • This nano course is meant for writers at all levels who are looking for support in developing a character or characters for a story, struggling with writers' block or building a portfolio of work for an arts and culture-based course. No prior experience in writing is needed, but your passion for creativity might come in handy!
  • This nano course has been especially successful with poets, monologue and flash fiction writers, but of course, anyone with an interest in literature and literacy development is welcome to join.
Course content
Expand all 23 lectures 02:41:03
+ Get Started
5 lectures 19:38

A note about the workbook: The file is pretty big, so I've divided the workbook into sections. You can either download all the sections here (as recommended), or you can download the respective sections as you work your way through the nano course. Either way, have fun! :)

Preview 01:45
Introduce yourself to the Scribble Online community. Share work, leave feedback, and network to your heart's content!
Icebreaker: Now It's Your Turn To Say Hi!
7 questions
Mantra and artistic intentions
05:41
+ Story Structure: Plot
5 lectures 44:45
Three, Four and Five-act Structures
05:50
Three-act structure
11:53
Four-act structure
10:13
Five-act structure
08:00
Reflecting on story structure and developing a story structure overview
08:49
+ Story Structure: Theme
2 lectures 15:57
Reflecting on the story structure overview and an introduction to themes
06:44
Jonell's response to the themes and sub-themes Q&A
09:13
+ Story Structure: Setting
2 lectures 30:17
Setting
14:42
The importance of setting in storytelling
15:35
+ Course Wrap-up
4 lectures 09:09
Outro
01:21
Upload Your Work: Email completed workbooks if you'd like feedback
00:11
Refer a friend
00:06