Write Your Story to Prompts (Fiction)
“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
– E. L. Doctorow
In each class, we’ll use prompts tailored to each writer’s story to write the first draft of 5 new, key scenes. At the end of each class, we will each read aloud one new scene for (supportive!) group and instructor feedback.
The spine of every satisfying story has the same elements: memorable characters, an intriguing premise, theme, a good hook, catalyst, rising conflict, plot reversal, climax, and resolution. To stimulate our creativity, we’ll use examples of these from each writer’s genre, and have fun creating (or strengthening) the skeleton of your story.
Works studied or referenced will include: Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen, Devil’s Bridge by Linda Fairstein, After You by JoJo Moyes, My House in Umbria by William Trevor, and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Also Story by Robert McKee and The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby.
This class includes comprehensive weekly hand outs on the art and craft of story writing – learn how to write a great story by studying the masters!
Appropriate for genre and literary writing, and all levels of experience are welcome.
Stephanie also teaches The Art and Craft of Novel Writing.
Stephanie Lehmann’s most recent novel “Aster Place Vintage” (Simon and Schuster) was selected by Library Journal as a best novel in 2013, and by Kirkus Reviews for best summer reading. Her earlier novels are “The Art of Undressing” (Penguin), “You Could do Better” (Penguin), “Are You In the Mood” (Kensington), and “Thoughts While Having Sex” (Kensington). Lehmann’s work has been translated into Italian, Turkish, Russian, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Chinese and German. She has taught novel writing at Mediabistro and at Salon.com, where her essays have been published.
Musings about the history of fashion, feminine hygiene products and many more fascinating subjects can be found on her website, www.AstorPlaceVintage.com.
Stephanie worked for many years as a literary agent and editor at the Elaine Koster Literary Agency (The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Fear of Flying by Erica Jong, The Shining by Stephen King.). Stephanie’s specialty is strengthening the plot of a novel whether the manuscript is still in outline form, partially complete, or completed.
Please note: Elaine Koster, who sold THE KITE RUNNER (Riverhead Books) by Khaled Hosseini, published then-unknown Stephen King’s CARRIE (NAL), and is credited with making Erica Jong’s FEAR OF FLYING (NAL) a blockbuster, sadly passed away in 2010, and the Elaine Koster Literary Agency is now closed to submissions.