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Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot

Brando Skyhorse, Wesleyan University

5 mins

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Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot is the first course in Wesleyan University's Creative Writing specialization offered through Coursera, showing how you can structure a great plot, create a strong character arc, and naturally connect the beginning of your story with the ending.


Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot

Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot

by Brando Skyhorse


'Your book needs a plot readjustment,' says every other editor on the planet. But what really is a plot? Isn't it just a rough outline describing the main events in your story?

Brando Skyhorse, Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Wesleyan University, shows us that a plot is more than a series of fortunate and unfortunate events. Skyhorse is the author of The Madonnas of Echo Park, which earned the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction.

In Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot, Skyhorse introduces you to the art of writing a powerful plot, building a strong narrative, and readjusting your main events and actions in a way that engages your readers.

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You don't depict fate, you depict will.

- Mami Sunada, documentary filmmaker

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