Mar 17

Group Session: What Drives the story?

Group Session: What Drives the story?

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Ask members to read the post ‘What Drives the Story’ on the blog before the session and also to bring along their recent work.

In the last few sessions we have looked at ‘What’s in a story?’ from the point of view of genres and what they each need to work well, such as pace, good description, strong story-line etc.

We have used visual stimuli, particularly photographs to evoke memory and turn them into fiction (which is memory refracted through imagination).

We have thought about distortion and extrapolating story from a source by mixing and matching various images as a starting point and giving our imagination free rein and how facts and truths can be used. They may just be background information, they are annoying and distracting if they are accidental and inaccurate, but ‘wrong’ facts can be used deliberately in various ways.

Task 1: Drawing together what we have done recently think about your writing skills and techniques by considering your own favourite stories or genre, and what drives the story. Returning to the list we started with:

Biography                     Police-procedural novel                       Adventure novel

Science Fiction               Horror                  Murder mystery                 YA Fiction

Children’s stories           Historical romance           Travel book        Erotica

 

(You may add any other category that you wish to include).

Jot down what you think mainly, if not exclusively, drives each type of story. Is it Plot driven? Is it Character driven? Is it Theme or Issue driven? Is it driven by something else, such as desire to simply write poetically, a desire to create fantasy or escapism above all else?

Share and discuss these ideas.

 Task 2. Thinking back further, to work we did on reviewing and critiquing take a recent piece of your own work and write a short review or critique remembering to consider what we have learned from our sessions this term.

Share and discuss if time.

Task 1: Drawing together what we have done recently think about your writing skills and techniques by considering your own favourite stories or genre, and what drives the story. Returning to the list we started with:

Biography                     Police-procedural novel                       Adventure novel

Science Fiction               Horror                  Murder mystery                 YA Fiction

Children’s stories           Historical romance           Travel book        Erotica

(You may add any other category that you wish to include).

 

Jot down what you think mainly, if not exclusively, drives each type of story. Is it Plot driven? Is it Character driven? Is it Theme or Issue driven? Is it driven by something else, such as desire to simply write poetically, a desire to create fantasy or escapism above all else?

Task 1: Drawing together what we have done recently think about your writing skills and techniques by considering your own favourite stories or genre, and what drives the story. Returning to the list we started with:

Biography                     Police-procedural novel                       Adventure novel

Science Fiction               Horror                  Murder mystery                 YA Fiction

Children’s stories           Historical romance           Travel book        Erotica

(You may add any other category that you wish to include).

 

Jot down what you think mainly, if not exclusively, drives each type of story. Is it Plot driven? Is it Character driven? Is it Theme or Issue driven? Is it driven by something else, such as desire to simply write poetically, a desire to create fantasy or escapism above all else?

Task 1: Drawing together what we have done recently think about your writing skills and techniques by considering your own favourite stories or genre, and what drives the story. Returning to the list we started with:

Biography                     Police-procedural novel                       Adventure novel

Science Fiction               Horror                  Murder mystery                 YA Fiction

Children’s stories           Historical romance           Travel book        Erotica

(You may add any other category that you wish to include).

Jot down what you think mainly, if not exclusively, drives each type of story. Is it Plot driven? Is it Character driven? Is it Theme or Issue driven? Is it driven by something else, such as desire to simply write poetically, a desire to create fantasy or escapism above all else?

Task 2. Thinking back further, to work we did on reviewing and critiquing take a recent piece of your own work and write a short review or critique remembering to consider what we have learned from our sessions this term.

Share and discuss if time.

 

Task 2. Thinking back further, to work we did on reviewing and critiquing take a recent piece of your own work and write a short review or critique remembering to consider what we have learned from our sessions this term.

Share and discuss if time.

 

Task 2. Thinking back further, to work we did on reviewing and critiquing take a recent piece of your own work and write a short review or critique remembering to consider what we have learned from our sessions this term.

Share and discuss if time.

 

Task 2. Thinking back further, to work we did on reviewing and critiquing take a recent piece of your own work and write a short review or critique remembering to consider what we have learned from our sessions this term.

Share and discuss if time.

 

Task 2. Thinking back further, to work we did on reviewing and critiquing take a recent piece of your own work and write a short review or critique remembering to consider what we have learned from our sessions this term.

Share and discuss if time.

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