At this year’s Winchester Writer’s Festival we ran a one day workshop to a group of 25 writers on the tricky subject of Structure!
It’s a character’s desires, fears and actions that shape story. We looked at how the protagonist’s character arc can give structure to a novel. We discussed what a central narrative is, and how concurrent storylines contribute to the protagonist’s character arc, and the narrative steps towards a dilemma/crisis that can help with that sagging middle.
We looked at some well known classic novels, following the emotional journey of the central character. We examined the narrative steps, turning points and obstacles presented by surrounding characters which shape the novel, until finally the story reaches its conclusion.
Our writers broke down their own stories into 3 Act and 5 Act structures which they shared with a partner. At the end of the day they wrote a flash fiction story inspired by a postcard. Everyone read out their story to the rest of the group. An enjoyable and productive workshop and thanks to all those that came and participated so enthusiastically.