University of Iowa

What’s Happening?—Plot in Fiction

Weekend July 14 to July 15 2018

Plots in stories and novels take many twists and turns, as do the plots of our lives. In this weekend, we’ll discuss the need for plot, strategies for plotting, the various kinds of plots, the use of subplots, and how our plots create our meanings. The plot of the weekend: scene one, discussion; scene two, writing a series of exercises designed to help understand plot in its many forms; scene three, sharing our writing; and scene four, solving problems and coming to insightful conclusions. This is a generative class open to fiction and would-be fiction writers of all levels.

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