Plot 1: Mechanics — Syllabus

The Search For Treasure: Plot introduced. Types of Plot—simple, complex, character-driven, plot-driven. Premise. Desire—goal, deeper desire, external obstacles, internal obstacles.

Structure and Steps: Structure for simple and complex plots. Dividing a story into sections. Positive and negative swings. Cause and effect.

Adding Depth: Character choice and change. Theme. Subplots. Plot strands. Point of view.

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.