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Narrative Structure in Storytelling

498 half unit (Elective)

Narrative Structure in Storytelling is an immersive five weeks in the art of crafting stories for different media. Students will deconstruct, analyze, tear apart and reshape stories in an effort to understand how good stories evolve.

Each week, the course will focus on a different medium, from long-form magazine writing to documentary film to websites to radio to advertising messages and more, and will identify the core components of storytelling and how that medium uses them well (think characters, leads, arc, plot, audio, etc.).

You will look at what all stories have in common as well as how mediums differ, at core tenets and when to break the rules. By the end of the five weeks, you should have a strong understanding of how to take a large body of information, organize it and then create meaningful, gripping narratives across mediums.

Guest speakers may include NPR reporters, documentary filmmakers, digital editors, advertising creatives and long-form writers. Assignments will range from pure story analysis to editing and reimagining stories across media.