My First Novel: Stepping Stones in the Mire

I recently applied for a fellowship that had me rummaging through my files for a screenplay I wrote during graduate school. I began the screenplay during an Introduction to Screenwriting course and expanded it during an Advanced Screenwriting independent study. When I opened the file with the name of the screenplay I had worked onContinue reading “My First Novel: Stepping Stones in the Mire”

Structure and Story Shapes

During my high school and undergraduate writing classes, I largely ignored Freytag’s pyramid. It was just a grammar rule for writing, like when to use apostrophes – important to know, but not something I would want to print out and hang on my wall. Freytag’s Pyramid This is the image of story structure I grewContinue reading “Structure and Story Shapes”

Five Screenplays I Recommend

During my MFA degree, I signed up for a beginning screenwriting class because I thought it would help me learn to write comic books.  To my surprise, I completely fell in love with screenwriting. Screenplays have their own language, their own method of communicating images that is different from short stories and novels, but registersContinue reading “Five Screenplays I Recommend”