Plot 2: Machinations — Syllabus

Time and Tricks: Time—compression and expansion. Flashbacks and framing devices. Suspense. Surprise.

Deviations: When to deviate from the plot norms. Multiple protagonists—team, romance, opposing, witness, ensemble. Intriguing structures—organizing principle, unique shapes, unconventional subplots, nonlinear time. Anti-plot.

A Well-Made Thing: Process—brainstorming and outlining. Logic. Pacing. Climax.

Each week students are provided with case studies of great stories, as well as notes on the working out of a from-scratch plot.

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.