Our small group meets on Sunday afternoons to share our novels-in-progress and discuss the formal aspects of Commercial Genre Fiction. We do not address literary fiction so leave any thought of your English Teacher’s prescriptive world behind.
The workshop is part of UT’s Continuing and Innovative Education program.
Here’s What We Talk About Each Week:
- Writer’s are in the entertainment industry
- Left-brain, right-brain approaches to writing
- Feedback is not Editing
- Understanding commercial genre fiction
- How scenes functions in commercial genre novels
- Character goals, motivations, conflicts in scenes
Plot using Beat Sheets, Hero’s Journey, or the Three Act Structure
Plot is the backbone of your story.
- Personal consults with the instructor
- Character case study, The Walking Dead
- Many of the Walking Dead characters represent Archetypes drawn from historical sources. For example, the Japanese Samurai warrior serves as a real-life model for the Walking Dead character named Michonne.
7 – Story ARCS
- Where does your story start? Where does it end? A case study, Jurassic Park
- Scene case study: Jaws. In a tender scene between father and son, we see the father character who is beat up because a woman in town has accused him of letting her son be eaten by the Great White shark that is cruising just off shore in this sea-coast town. He starts the scene a broken man and we see his restorative interaction with his own son and we also learn the ‘theme’ of this film which is ‘family is worth risking everything to save.’ with a kiss from his young child he is made whole enough to go out and fight the shark. Kisses are big in Commercial Genre Fiction.
9-Crafting a Mini-story Template
- Crafting a concise description of your novel.
- Elements of the Writing Life: trust your own voice.
- Course Summary