Fiction with Fear Using the Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune with Perry Brass
Eight Week Class Syllabus
1) What is fiction—what drives a story. Difference between “plot” and “action.” Basic point of view, and how it works.
2) Using forms of fiction (also called basic story structures) to derive your own story ideas and plots.
3) What kind of story interests you, and where do you want to go with it: fitting yourself into basic story forms and techniques.
4) Three basic writing techniques that you can use: purely emotional, purely observational, and purely “objective”—the words are now talking to you.
5) “Style” or finding the right words to tell your story.
6) More about point of view: Are you too close to the story, or too far away? Finding a position that allows you to tell your story without interfering with it, and yet allowing your own passion for it to come out.
7) Plot killers and plot makers. We start with this, and go into what “locates” the plot in an interesting way.
8) Back to the beginning: your questions, problems, and ideas. How do you utilize what we’ve talked about? What basic approaches keep you from going stale, being afraid to start, and getting trapped in a place you can’t get out of?