From Premise to Plot with Anna Denisch

Plot-Structure-GMC From Premise to Plot with Anna Denisch

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  1. Characters
  2. Description/Setting
  3. GMC
  4. Plotting
  5. POV
Class Length
1 Week
A class designed to take the idea and opening scenes of a story and turn it into a full-fledged finished product. Using a method involving character needs and oppositions, writers will learn to churn out a list of ideas, create detailed scenes from those ideas, and figure out the best ending their story needs.
Day One - Creating Wants and Needs from your Premise
Learn to use the pieces of your plot in your premise to create a detailed want and need chart for your main character.

Day Two - Create Blockades for you Characters
Using your wants/needs chart, create a list of plausible actions that can be used to move your story and characters forward

Day Three - Creating Detailed Scenes
Taking your list of blockades, use three simple questions (how a scene unfolds, how it develops plot, and how it affects character) to create detailed scenes that will support your story goals.

Day Four - Mini Plots
Learn to recognize when a scene is really a mini plot, and use past exercises to create full arcs.

Day Five - Side Plots
Learn how to fill in the holes and create appropriate side plots that will emphasize character growth

Day Six - Endings
Look at how your scenes have affected characters, and put it together with what they want and need. Form this information, figure out which ending will best suit your story, if you don't have it figured out already.
Class Format
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Start date
Oct 24, 2022 at 9:00 AM
End date
Oct 31, 2022 at 12:50 AM
Registration end date
Oct 27, 2022 at 12:50 AM
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Latest reviews

This was an excellent class. Anna is the kind of instructor you hope you'll always get—someone who explains clearly and shows good examples. My only reservation is that a week-long class just isn't enough time, especially when life (or in my case, work) gets in the way and you can't look at the lessons until the weekend, and then boom! the class is over. Luckily, I've copied out all of Anna's lessons and examples and I know I'll be able to do the homework on my own. But I would definitely take another one of Anna's classes!