Writing Fiction: 4 Exercises to Discover and Write Your Story

Gayle Forman, Author

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8 Lessons (52m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:34
    • 2. What Makes a Story

      6:41
    • 3. Exercise 1: Write a Letter

      6:19
    • 4. Exercise 2: Create a Scenario List

      9:16
    • 5. Exercise 3: Choose Your Character

      14:12
    • 6. Exercise 4: Write Your First Line

      12:12
    • 7. Final Thoughts

      1:30
    • 8. Explore More Classes on Skillshare

      0:33
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About This Class

Everybody has a story to tell. All you need to do is learn how to find it.

Join best-selling author Gayle Forman to discover the story that only you can tell. Through the prisms of premise and character, Gayle guides you through a series of exercises that will help you determine the core elements of your story and bring them together into something unique and personal. As you work through the tried-and-true exercises, you’ll learn how to pull from your own lived experiences to create a compelling and intriguing story that will drive you throughout the writing process.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Write an open letter to get the creative juices flowing
  • Make a list of “What If?” scenarios to build your story's foundation
  • Combine characters with scenario to bring your story to life 
  • Create a compelling hook to draw readers into the story

Packed with exercises and actionable advice, this class will help you identify the story you’ve always wanted to write. Whether you’re just starting to hone your writing craft or you’ve been writing for as long as you can remember, Gayle will help you find your story, bring it to life, and keep your readers hungry for more.