The Algorithms of Storytelling: Design Patterns and Fiction

The Algorithms of Storytelling: Design Patterns and Fiction taught by Cat Rambo with special guest speaker Wayne Rambo.

Next class date is Sunday, July 19, 2020, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time.

Software design and storytelling have much more in common than you might think. In both fields, you’re working to create a structure that accomplishes a specific experience for its user/reader. Other concepts overlap as well; the idea of design patterns, models for solutions to common problems, can apply to both fields while editing/rewriting and debugging a program have the same goal and many of the same considerations.┬áCome find out how thinking about one field can help you figure out the problems with the other — and vice versa.

Wayne Rambo is a mobile designer who has shipped hundreds of mobile and web applications during his time with Amazon, RealNetworks, Zulily, as well as multiple start-ups. Together, he and Cat will deliver two hours of lecture and writing exercises that will help you come away with a better understanding of how stories — and software — work.

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. There is a limit of 15 students.

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

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You will be invoiced when the class slot is reserved. You should receive confirmation of your registration within 48 hours.

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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