Develop Themes for Your Story | Barbara Vance | Skillshare

Develop Themes for Your Story

Barbara Vance, Author, Illustrator

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10 Lessons (1h 9m)
    • 1. Introduction

      3:33
    • 2. What Theme is and Why it Matters

      8:04
    • 3. Thematic Statements

      4:17
    • 4. Choosing and Planning Your Themes

      11:26
    • 5. Building a Story Around a Theme

      4:23
    • 6. Theme and Genre Fiction

      1:24
    • 7. Connecting Theme and Character

      10:21
    • 8. Symbolism and Motif

      11:21
    • 9. Expressing Theme Through Dialogue

      5:41
    • 10. Common Mistakes and Class Worksheet

      8:42
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About This Class

This course is designed to help you develop meaningful, well-plotted themes in your stories that connect to the story events and the character. We will examine

  • What a theme is and why it is important to the story
  • How to develop thematic statements
  • Choosing and planning your themes
  • What to do if you know the theme you want to write about but don't have a story for it
  • Theme in genre fiction
  • Building theme through characters
  • Designing symbols and motifs
  • Working theme into dialogue

There are class notes and a worksheet associated with this class that will help you develop themes in your story. Please download it by going to the "Projects and Resources" tab under the video on the desktop/laptop version of Skillshare. You will find it and the class notes in the right-hand column.