The Challenge of Plot

If ‘story’ might momentarily be defined as the chronological ordering of events in a narrative, ‘plot,’ on the other hand, might be defined as the order (sometimes thoroughly ‘non-linear’) in which a writer chooses to arrange or reveal the story. In this seminar, we will focus upon the challenge of plot. What narratives, forms of consciousness, psychological states, and aesthetic projects call for complex plotting? And what are the associated risks and rewards, particularly regarding narrative ‘energy.’ What are the options for shifts in time/space within a narrative? And what forms and techniques help facilitate these shifts? We will certainly take a close look at how writers handle ‘the flashback’ in fiction and non-fiction; but we will also consider the flash forward, as well as rarer but oftentimes effective shifts into conditional pasts and futures. Please come to this seminar prepared to discuss and practically confront, in a supportive environment, your current challenges regarding plot as a writer.

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