Class: Story Structure for Novella Writers

Next class date: Sunday, December 13, 2020, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time.

You’ve written a novel, and now you’d like to tell some shorter stories in the same universe, but every time you start, it grows into a book. 

OR

You’ve got a pile of short stories in your arsenal, and you’d like to dip your toe into some of the longer length categories, but you’re not sure how much story fits in a novelette or novella-sized bucket. 

In this workshop, Margaret will walk through the structure of a (1-hour) dramatic television show, how you can adapt it to novelette or novella length prose, and how to make use of other pieces of the TV-writer’s toolbox including writing to the act out, and obstacles vs. complications. 

(P.S. If you’re writing a television pilot and are secretly hoping this class will be your key to Hollywood fame and glory? Well, fame and glory we can’t promise, but… the class can’t hurt?)

Join Margaret Dunlap for a workshop on how to structure novellas using episodic TV structure.


Classes are taught online and require a reliable Internet connection, although in the past participants have logged on from coffee shops, cafes, and even an airplane; a webcam is suggested but not required.

Cost is $99 ($79 for returning students and Patreon supporters, which includes classes/workshops with me in other venues, such as conference or convention workshops and mentoring sessions).

To register for this class, send an email with the following details:

  • Which class or classes and the dates you are registering for.
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  • If you’re a new student, please let me know how you found out about the classes!

You will be invoiced when the class slot is reserved.

Free scholarships: If you cannot afford a class but really want to take one, apply for a Plunkett Scholarship. Each class has three slots reserved for such students, and the sole criteria is only that you can’t currently afford the class. To apply for a Plunkett, which covers the entire cost, mail me and tell me why you want to take the class in 100 words or less. QUILTBAG and PoC candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The Plunkett Scholarships are named for Edward Plunkett, who wrote as Lord Dunsany. Scholarships are given out on a rolling basis; I suggest getting them in sooner rather than later. You may apply for multiple classes.

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