Instructor: Annie Hartnett
Date & Time: Saturday, March 23 | 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
12 FULL/WAIT LIST ONLY
Fee: Member: $50 | Nonmember: $105
Registration Closes: March 18
The best way to make a piece of writing stronger is to revisit its structure. In this class, participants will learn how to build a solid structure for their stories or novels, so the work delivers the emotional punch the reader deserves.
The class will discuss the narrative arc—the inciting incident, climax, and resolution—as well as the importance of the first and last paragraphs. Participants will explore what to do with backstory and subplots, and how to know whether or not they belong in one’s story or novel. They will also learn a handy trick about structure involving a chicken, a mouse, and a snake, which will help their story or novel become well-structured while remaining a living, breathing thing. This class will combine readings, discussion, and writing exercises.
Annie Hartnett’s debut novel Rabbit Cake was published by Tin House Books in 2017, and was named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus Reviews, Chicago Review of Books, and Book Riot. Rabbit Cake was a finalist for the New England Book Award, longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and shortlisted for Crook’s Corner Book Prize. Annie has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Sewanee Writer’s Conference, and the Associates of the Boston Public Library. She has published short stories and essays in many journals and magazines, such as Indiana Review, Gigantic Magazine, Salon, and The Millions. She currently teaches courses on the novel and the short story in both Boston and Providence, and also works as a freelance editor. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband and dog.
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