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Invention and Inventory: The List as Story Structure with Pedro Ponce

$65.00

We will generate story ideas from “raw” lists found online—extrapolating characters, settings, and plots.

Start Date

June 15

Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT

Day(s) of the Week

Wednesday

Location

Zoom (online)

Sessions

1

Price

$65

Instructor

In stock

Description

Whether used for inspiration or as a structuring device, the list is rich with narrative possibilities.

We will begin by looking at some examples of list stories—from the traditional (medieval bestiaries) to the contemporary and experimental (stories by Steven Millhauser, Carmen Maria Machado, and others). Using these models, we will generate story ideas from “raw” lists found online—extrapolating characters, settings, and plots from a deep dive into the Listverse website.

Each participant will then begin a story—based on a found example, or one of your own design—and outline a middle and end suggested by the items on your list. We will conclude with optional sharing of the resulting story and suggestions for further writing and reading.

About Pedro Ponce

Pedro Ponce is the author of The Devil and the Dairy Princess: Stories (Indiana University Press, 2021), winner of the Don Belton Fiction Prize. He teaches writing and literature at St. Lawrence University.