Saturday, February 5th, 2022
Hosted via Zoom • 10:30am-12:30pm PT • $80
Pacing is one of the most important elements to story. It's the momentum of a story, and a good story has a variety of speeds to generate tension, develop characters, and build anticipation, all of which keep the reader’s interest. In this class, we’ll explore when and how to vary the speed by looking at structural beats. This will lead to an in-depth examination of in media res, set-up, build, reader expectation, and pay off. We’ll also look at looming events, which allow you to explore character in a quieter way. We’ll consider speed at the sentence level, too. To ground our discussion, prior to the class, you’ll read an assigned short story. Throughout, you’ll brainstorm ways you can vary the momentum for your own story, whether it be fiction, memoir, or nonfiction.
Nina Schuyler's new novel, Afterword, will be published in 2023. Her novel, The Translator, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Fiction. Her book, How to Write Stunning Sentences, is a Small Press Distribution bestseller. Her short stories have been published by Zyzzyva, Fugue, Santa Clara Review, Nomadartx, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco.