Course objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between plot and narrative.
  • Name four types of narration on the stream of consciousness to omniscience continuum.
  • Understand how style, timing, and worldbuilding build on basic narrative templates.
  • Explain five ways to tell a character-driven narrative.
  • Evaluate how many characters you need for a particular story.
  • Describe the concept of authorial voice.
  • Explain the concept of narrative resonance.
  • Understand the difference between audience and authenticity.
  • Articulate what “desire” is in a narrative context.
  • Analyze a work for symbols and metaphors.
  • Write a piece of prose that uses an extended metaphor.
  • Understand how to incorporate your own experience into a narrative.
  • Expand on the concept of “show, don’t tell,” including contexts where telling may be preferred.
  • Provide examples of narrative filtering.
  • Explain what a “kenning” is and how it can be used to create vivid descriptions.
  • Consistently render emotionally resonant narratives.