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ORGANIC FORM: Seven Steps to Finding Your Plot with Kelly Daniels

July 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


You’ve got a great story. But where to start? Where to end? What to put in the middle? The art of storytelling is the art of choosing, arranging, amplifying, summarizing, and cutting … in short, it’s the act of discovering meaning without form. After a brief lecture, we will move through a seven-step exercise designed to help uncover the organic structure buried within your story. These steps include:

  • Brainstorming narrative events
  • Evaluating whether and event should be dramatized as scene, sketched as summary, or cut
  • Creating a timeline of relevant events
  • Working on casual connections from one event to the next
  • Considering over a dozen potential “shapes” for your burgeoning story

Come to the workshop with a story idea, an entire draft, or something in between. Leave with a detailed outline for how to write or rewrite your story, from beginning to end.

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Daniels KellyKelly Daniels grew up on the road, living for stints with his parents in a Hawaiian commune, a waterless, powerless cabin in the desert, and in an old step-van outfitted with bunks. As an adult, he set off on his own, traveling extensively through Europe, Mexico and Central America. Along the way, he picked up odd jobs when he could find them, jobs such as production manager of a furniture factory (Guatemala), newspaper reporter (Mexico), and bartender (all over).

A regular contributor to The Sun magazine, his fiction and nonfiction has appeared in many literary journals, including Hotel AmerikaPuerto del Sol, Cimarron Review, Third Coast, and the Sonora Review. His debut memoir, Cloudbreak, California was one of BuzzFeed’s favorite works of nonfiction in 2013. He teaches creative writing at Augustana College, in Rock Island, Illinois.


July 9, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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