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How Stories Work—Writing Workshop #39: Long Sentences

An update from our thirty-ninth Writing Workshop with Conner Bassett A summary of the workshop held on Saturday, May 28, plus some of the output published below. This week, Conner lectured on something he never had before: long sentences, which have become in today’s day and age somewhat of a dying art form. To begin, […]

How Stories Work—Writing Workshop #38: Anaphora

An update from our thirty-eighth Writing Workshop with Conner Bassett A summary of the workshop held on Saturday, May 21, plus some of the output published below This week we focused on the literary device of anaphora, meaning a repetition of word or phrase at the beginning of successive sentences or poetic lines. From the […]

Writing Workshop #65: Protagonists and Antagonists

An update from our sixty-fifth Writing Workshop A summary of the workshop held on May 14th, plus some of the output published below Inspired by Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and the ballet’s conflict between Prince Siegfried and Baron Von Rothbart, William focused on protagonists and antagonists. Students saw examples in Harry Potter versus Voldemort, Luke Skywalker versus […]

How Stories Work—Writing Workshop #37: Poetry (Revisited)

An update from our thirty-seventh Writing Workshop with Conner Bassett A summary of the workshop held on Saturday, May 14, plus some of the output published below During every session, Conner devotes one workshop to discussing poetry—namely, how a poem functions. This week we again brought our attention to poetry, beginning with a personal anecdote […]

How Stories Work—Writing Workshop #36: Collage Poetry

An update from the thirty-sixth Writing Workshop with Conner Bassett A summary of the workshop held on Saturday May 7, plus some of the output published below This week, we continued with Italo Calvino’s Six Memos for the new Millennium. After focusing on “lightness” last week, we turned our focus to “multiplicity,” defined as the quality or […]

Writing Workshop #64: Imaginary Creatures

An update from our sixty-fourth Writing Workshop A summary of the workshop held on Saturday, May 7th, plus some of the output published below Long-time writing workshop student and Stone Soup contributor Peri Gordon presented the concept of imaginary characters. The history of imaginary creatures is a long one, beginning some 70,000 years ago with […]

How Stories Work—Writing Workshop #35: Lightness (Revisited)

An update from the thirty-fifth Writing Workshop with Conner Bassett A summary of the workshop held on Saturday April 30th, plus some of the output published below Lightness is a “lightening of language whereby meaning is conveyed through a verbal texture that seems weightless, until the meaning itself takes on the same rarefied consistency.” “My working […]

Writing Workshop #63: Character Sketches (Revisited)

An update from our sixty-third Writing Workshop A summary of the workshop held on Saturday April 23, plus some of the output published below In this workshop, William practiced the concept of fast sketching characters. Sometimes, less is more when it comes to detail, and a sparse description of a character is really all you […]

How Stories Work—Writing Workshop #34: Objects (Revisited)

An update from the thirty-fourth Writing Workshop with Conner Bassett A summary of the workshop held on Saturday April 23, plus some of the output published below After the success we had discussing objects back in the fall session of 2021, we once again turned our focus to these strange, almost alien things. And yes, […]

How Stories Work—Writing Workshop #33: How to Outline a Novel

An update from the thirty-third Writing Workshop with Conner Bassett A summary of the workshop held on Saturday March 26, plus some of the output published below Last week, Conner gave us the choice to select the final topic of the winter session workshops from a number of options, and we chose this: How to […]