Judy Reeves teaches Exploring Narrative Strategies
Exploring Narrative Strategies
The story must be told, how will you tell it? Narrative strategy is how the writer chooses to tell the story and what techniques or elements she uses for maximum narrative impact. In this workshop, we’ll explore aspects of narrative choices such as form and genre, plot structure, point of view, narrative time and psychic distance, and a few others along the way. We’ll review examples from published work and try our hand at various techniques through writing exercises. This workshop is for writers who have works in progress but want to learn more about narrative structure and for those who want to dip a toe in narrative possibilities.
This workshop is another in the series of Voice Lessons: Workshops on Style, Craft and Techniques of Creative Writing.
In this series of occasional workshops, we’ll explore the many and varied aspects of creative writing from the writer’s voice (what is it, how do you find it, and what do you do with it once you’ve discovered it?) to elements of style (sentences and other structures, telling details, show and tell), to questions of craft (plot vs. character, description vs. action, narrative strategies) and other literary nooks and crannies. Each workshop will include examples from noted writers, in-class exercises, lively dialogue exchanges and an opportunity to work with other writers in a supportive, friendly community.
Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher and writing practice provocateur whose books include A Writer’s Book of Days, which won Best Nonfiction in the 2011 San Diego Book Awards; Writing Alone, Writing Together; A Creative Writer’s Kit and The Writer’s Retreat Kit. Other works include two plays written with the Second Story Writers, a women’s writing ensemble; and a chapbook of poetry, The Kind of Woman She Is. Her nonfiction work has appeared in the San Diego Reader and Personal Journaling magazine where she was a columnist for three years. In addition to leading private writing workshops, Judy teaches creative writing at UCSD Extension and speaks at writing conferences internationally. She is a board member of San Diego Writers, Ink.