Alternative Story Structures


Alternative Story Structures


Aristotle’s Poetics, Gustav Freytag and his pyramid... For centuries dramatic structure has been largely dictated by the rigid hand of patriarchal logic and reductive patterns. Must a story always have a beginning, middle, and an end? What would it mean to reshuffle the established structure of exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement? What are other shapes a piece of writing might take to prove efficient and effective at its ultimate goals? In this workshop, we will discuss the possibilities of alternative story structures and what it can look like to enact radical modes through which to share our stories. We will perform exercises designed to encourage experimentation and directly challenge traditional narrative form with open and supportive exploration. All genres welcome.

  • Instructor: Loie Rawding

  • Length of workshop: 3 hours

  • Date: Saturday, September 14

  • Time: 10 am - 1 pm

  • Location: Porch HQ
    2811 Dogwood Pl.
    Nashville, TN 37204

  • Cost: $58/Non-Member; $52.20/Member **Don’t forget to use your membership code at checkout!

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About the Instructor:

Loie Rawding is a writer and mixed media artist raised on the coast of Maine. She received her MFA from the University of Colorado where she also taught creative writing and was an editor of Timber Journal. Loie works as a freelance writer and editor for independent businesses, and is a creative mentor to a wide spectrum of artists. Her work has appeared in SAND: Berlin’s English Literary JournalThe WandererMap Literary (2016 Pushcart Prize nomination), AnamesaDREGINALD, and Lemon Hound, among others. Loie is a recently settled transplant to Nashville from Boulder, Colorado, by way of Brooklyn.