How to Choose Your Story’s Structure webinar with Beth Barany

It’s easy to get blocked if you’re attempting to use a story structure that doesn’t work for the kind of story you want to tell and for the kind of writer you are.

When you find a storytelling structure that resonates with the kind of stories you want to tell and the way your mind works, that structure stimulates your imagination. And you can write your stories with so much more ease.

In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore several storytelling structures, so you can set your creativity free. While story structure is not plot, story structure gives rise to plot.

Through explanations and examples, we’ll explore:

  • The Hero’s Journey
  • The Virgin Archetypal Journey
  • The Five-Point Plot Structure
  • The Five Commandments of Storytelling.

We’ll also cover how each structure relates to the others and how “obligatory scenes” for your genre fit into these structures.

You’ll have time to sketch out an idea with each of the structures to experiment with each one and see how they work for you. We’ll discuss and share experiences.

DATE: October 12, 2023

TIME: 4:15 PM PT/7:15 PM ET – 6:45 PM PT/9:45 PM ET



Beth Barany, creativity coach and teacher for science fiction and fantasy writersAward-winning novelist and international writing teacher, Beth Barany writes magical tales of romance, mystery, and adventure that empower women and girls to be the heroes of their own lives. She is the award-winning author of the YA fantasy, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, and of the sci-fi mystery, Into The Black, A Janey McCallister Mystery, and of the acclaimed sweet paranormal romance Touchstone series.

Beth has also written books for writers, including Plan Your Novel Like A Pro, co-written with her husband, thriller writer Ezra Barany. Beth is currently at work on the fifth Janey McCallister science fiction mystery novel. Also, a Master NLP Practitioner, and certified creativity coach for writers, Beth runs Barany School of Fiction, a full suite of courses designed to help genre fiction writers experience clarity and get writing, so they can revise and proudly publish their novels to the delight of their readers. She also facilitates and consults on Creative Entrepreneurship for fiction writers.

A specialist in world building, Beth runs the podcast, How To Write The Future, and helps writers create positive, optimistic stories, because when we vision what is possible, we help make it so.

Based in Oakland, California, Beth Barany has presented at the San Francisco Writers Conference, Emerald City Conference in Seattle, Washington, Ithra Center (King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, the Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy, and at San Francisco Bay Area chapters of SCBWI, CWC, and RWA. Connect with Beth via her blog Writer’s Fun Zone, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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