Plot Considered as a Four-Dimensional Array of Brightly Colored Beads Registration
In this class, students will consider story as a collection of related events, each of which occurs at a point in space and time, like a four-dimensional array of brightly colored beads.
Date: Sunday October 15, 2023
Class Time: 5pm – 7:30pm CDT
Location: Zoom (online)
Instructor: David D. Levine
Price: $60 (with discounted rates for SLF members)
“This is a new theory of mine in which I consider a story as a collection of related events, each of which occurs at a point in space and time. If you picture these events as beads, you can create a plot by stringing them together in chronological order. There may be more than one plot string, but plot is always chronological, because the events of the plot are connected by cause and effect (unless you are writing a time travel story). Once you have a plot, you can snip those strings into segments and lay them out, not necessarily in chronological order, in a single line which is the narrative of the story. Thinking of story in this way can lead to some interesting insights into the relationship between the events of the story, the cause and effect relationships between them, and the order in which they appear on the page.”