Story Architecture: The What, Who, and How of Designing a Page-Turner (Morning)

with Angie Kim

Maybe you have the wisps of an idea and need help getting started. Maybe you already have a draft of a novel or memoir ready for revision. Either way, focusing on your story’s foundational structure can help you turn it into the most emotionally satisfying and propulsive story it can be.
WHAT: Story Premise: We will start with exercises to help you identify your story’s premise, a distillation of your story’s essential conflict into one sentence. This will become the governing question that will keep your readers wanting to read (and, if you’re like me and have no idea what’s going to happen before you finish the book, will keep you writing). You can use this as a pitch for agent queries, book submissions, and later, book jacket descriptions.
WHO: Point(s) of View: Who can most effectively tell this story? Should one character tell the story linearly, or should multiple characters tell different their own version of the story, Rashomon-style? Should there be alternating voices or timelines? We will discuss different approaches and use writing exercises and examples to help you figure out the best options for your story.
HOW: Story Structure: What are the pivotal anchor points for your story? How should you organize what happens in your story so that it delivers the most emotional impact? Some writers like to try to figure out the story’s outline first. I like more of an iterative approach: writing a draft first and then stepping back to outline, which I use to revise and restructure, draft by draft. Even for non-outliners, keeping in mind some of the most common story structure elements can help you from getting lost.


4 Mornings:  Monday 11/6 – Thursday 11/9, 9:00am-12:00pm

A $100 combination discount will be applied when registering for the conference at the same time.


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Angie Kim is the debut author of the international bestseller and Edgar winner Miracle Creek, named a “Best Book of the Year” by Time, The Washington Post, Kirkus, and The Today Show, among others. Her novel also won the ITW Thriller Award, the Strand Critics’ Award, and the Pinckley Prize. A Korean immigrant, former editor of the Harvard Law Review, and one of Variety Magazine’s inaugural “10 Storytellers to Watch,” Kim has written for VogueThe New York Times Book ReviewThe Washington PostGlamour, and numerous literary journals. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three sons.