ONLINE CLASS: Plot: The Four-Letter Word that Strikes Fear in Most Writers (2157)

Two Mondays: May 10 and 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Price: 
$80 (10% off for members)

"Plot” can be one of the most slippery and angst-inducing idioms for writers of prose: fiction, popular fiction, and non-fiction. In this two-session class, we’ll learn some tricks of plotting from published writers, classic authors like Thomas Hardy, E. M. Forster, or L. Frank Baum, and contemporaries like Gonzalo Barr, Alison Bechdel, and Lorrie Moore. We’ll nail down exactly what we mean by this oft-used yet little-understood term, considering the differences between “plot,” “story,” and “action.” Once we’ve reached some conclusions about what exactly we mean when we talk about plot, we’ll then analyze how plot organizes narrative in any type of writing. Finally, we’ll turn from literary analysis to exercises to examine how plot is functioning in students’ current writing projects. Two Mondays: May 10 and 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST Online Class. 

Required Reading:

A Stranger’s Journey by David Mura (9780820353463)

Recommended Reading: 

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy (9780141439785)

Braulio Gets His Car Back (from the story collection The Last Flight of Jose Luis Balboa) by Gonzalo Barr (9780618658862)

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (9780307278449)

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (9780141321028)

Aspects of the Novel by E. M. Forster (9780156091800)

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (9780618871711)

A Stranger’s Journey by David Mura (9780820353463)

Aaron Hamburger is the author of the short story collection The View From Stalin’s Head (winner of the Rome Prize in Literature), the novels Faith for Beginners (a Lambda Literary Award nominee), and Nirvana is Here (winner of a Bronze Medal in the 2019 Forewords Indie Awards). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Poets & Writers, Tin House, Subtropics, Details, O, the Oprah Magazine, Boulevard, and The Village Voice. He has received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy, as well as residencies from Yaddo and Djerassi. He has also taught writing at Columbia University, NYU, the Stonecoast MFA Program, and George Washington University.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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A Stranger's Journey: Race, Identity, and Narrative Craft in Writing Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780820353463
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Published: University of Georgia Press - August 1st, 2018

The Mayor of Casterbridge Cover Image
By Thomas Hardy, Keith Wilson (Editor), Keith Wilson (Introduction by), Keith Wilson (Notes by)
$10.00
ISBN: 9780141439785
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Published: Penguin Classics - April 29th, 2003

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By Francine Prose (Foreword by), Gonzalo Barr
$14.95
ISBN: 9780618658862
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Published: Mariner Books - September 14th, 2006

The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

The Wizard of Oz (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780141321028
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Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780156091800
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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780618871711
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Published: Mariner Books - June 5th, 2007