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"Three-Act Structure for the Novel" with Carolyn Cohagan

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St. Edward's University, Moody Hall 204
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

4/8/2017 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

Online registration for this class has closed. Walk-in registrations are available at the door - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers.

Location Note: This class is held in Moody Hall, Room 204. This is a different building from past years' classes at St. Edward's University. You can find a campus map here

Do you have a great plot idea, but you’re stuck after page fifty?

Are you in love with your characters, but they seem to just “sit there?”

The three-act-structure has been used in plays and screenplays for decades, and it can be just as useful for your novel. Thinking about a “call to adventure,” “rising action,” and a “climax” can help you create an outline before you begin or sort out writer’s block once you’ve started. And we get to talk about movies! You will leave with an outline, ways to move forward with a current draft, or a structure format to help you during revisions.

Carolyn will discuss the film Almost Famous. Students are recommended to watch the film or remind themselves of its plot before class.


About the instructor: 

Carolyn Cohagan has an extensive theater background. She has performed stand-up and one-woman shows at festivals around the world from Adelaide to Edinburgh. She has published two novels: The Lost Children (Simon & Schuster/2010) and Time Zero (She Writes Press/2016). She is the founder of the creative writing organization Girls With Pens, which is dedicated to fostering the individual voices and offbeat imaginations of girls 8-17.

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