"Form Follows Function: Narrative Design for Fiction" with Nan Cuba

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Presented by Writers' League of Texas at St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303, Austin TX

May 18
"Form Follows Function: Narrative Design for Fiction" with Nan Cuba

Is your novel or story chafing at the restrictions of linear narratives?

Conventional story structure, or linear design, is a chronological movement forward from exposition to climax to resolution.  Like all craft elements, overreliance on convention risks predictability: characters become stereotypes, setting obviously reflects atmosphere, a climactic moment is foretold. Instead of automatically writing a usual chronological narrative, try considering other options.

Madison Smartt Bell, in his craft text, Narrative Design, says, “[T]he form of a work is its

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