Judy Sternlight: Active Storytelling - How to Build A Strong Narrative Arc

Meets: Wednesdays, Four Sessions


Date: March 8 - 29


Time: 6:30-9pm 


Sign up:

Members: $355

Nonmembers: $400



To wrestle a story into focus, a writer has numerous creative options to consider, including points-of-view, timespan, character intentions, and narrative structure. Drawing on published news clips and participants' brief descriptions of their own works-in-progress, we'll explore key story-building decisions through a mix of on-your-feet improvisational exercises, short writing assignments, and discussions about craft.

Judy Sternlight is the founder of Judy Sternlight Literary Services and a co-founder of 5E, the independent editors' collective. Prior to her adventures in publishing, she enjoyed a long career in theater and communications, which included performing improvisational theater in NYC with Some Assembly Required, touring to comedy clubs, theaters, colleges and resorts, and teaching improv-based workshops. Judy was an editor at Random House, Ballantine, and The Modern Library. She has edited a number of acclaimed writers including Elliot Ackerman, Marie-Helene Bertino, Rita Mae Brown, Gwen Florio, Bret Anthony Johnston, Peter Matthiessen, and Daniel Menaker. She edited The Brown Reader: 50 Writers Remember College Hill (Simon and Schuster, 2014), featuring Jeffrey Eugenides, Rick Moody, Meg Wolitzer, and many more.