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Preparing For A Writing Conference

By Jennie Jarvis As many of you may know, we are smack dab in the middle of Conference season, and hopefully this means that you have already attended a Writing Conference this year or you are planning to attend one in the next couple of months. If you don’t have a Writing Conference on your […]

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Crafting The Character Arc: Publication Announcement (News) is delighted to formally announce the publication of Crafting The Character Arc: A Practical Guide to Character Creation and Development. This craft book, written by contributor and co-owner Jennie Jarvis, is intended as a practical guide for writers of any format to use as they craft the journey of their protagonist through a […]

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A Poet’s Perspective on the Use of Structure

Ron Hayes is a poet and fiction writer from Erie, PA. He teaches English at East High School where he also coaches football, keeps stats for girls’ basketball, and continues to try to start a lacrosse team. A graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at Queens University of Charlotte, Ron was named Erie […]

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I started this post several times.  I kept trying to get my hands around structure – to find a context in which to explain it.   Then I thought I would write about structure in terms of Aristotle’s Poetics. But he’s already done that. Then I thought, “I’m a playwright.  I should write about the changes in […]


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Building Blocks of Storytelling

You are a baby sitting in a high chair. Your parents, aunts, uncles, their friends are telling each other stories around the dinner table. Afterwards, you watch cartoons while the grownups chat some more. Later, your mom reads you a book (My fave: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein). You are absorbing it all. Story […]

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Embracing Structure as a Tool for Your Story

In architecture, there’s an expression: form follows function.  This means that the way something is used dictates the shape of the building (or components of it). So, for example, stairs on a stair case are designed the way they are so that they can function the way they are supposed to: to allow a person […]

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Screenwriting Structure – The Three Act Paradigm

By Jennie Jarvis This month on 5writers, we’re going to be talking about structure, and what better way to kick us off than to talk about the most structured writing that exists – screenwriting! Not only do film scripts have extremely strict rules for how the script is formatted, but the underlying structure of the […]

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