C5) Going Long: How to Structure the Longform Narrative - with Help from Music, Theater, and Film

Saturday, October 15th, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
1899 Ballroom
David Dobbs
David Dobbs

Articles beyond 4000 to 5000 words don't just allow you to use different forms and strategies than shorter pieces do; they demand it. This talk and discussion will explore how to shape longform narratives by varying and manipulating structure, perspective, rhythm, distance, and voice. We'll review basic structures typically used in mid-length features. Then, drawing on those elements as well as forms and strategies from theater, music, and film, we'll see how to expand, alter, and redeploy those elements and strategies to rivet readers in longer pieces. Strongly suggested reading at http://db.tt/Fo6c4bhk Suitable for all writers, particularly those who want to move from medium-length work to long features.