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Essential Elements of Great Storytelling

with Patrick Dacey


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December 6, 2023

6:00PM - 8:00PM

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Class Description

In this class we will work through three specific aspects of great storytelling: Character, Place, and Conflict. No matter what you’re working on, your audience has certain expectations that need to be met. From my experience, what readers want most are compelling characters to encounter danger in unfamiliar places. If two people meet, then the reader wants to know who they are, where they’re meeting, and why they’re there. In this one-day workshop, we’ll work towards shaping great stories and how, by utilizing our experiences and creative impulses, we can infuse them with originality.

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Minimum Age

18 and older, exceptions with special permission

About the Instructor

Patrick Dacey is the author of two books of fiction, The Outer Cape: a Novel and We've Already Gone This Far: Stories, published by Henry Holt and Company. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University, and his work has been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts, and in The Paris Review, Zoetrope All-Story, Guernica, The Kenyon Review, and Harper’s, among other publications. Patrick has taught English at several universities in the U.S. and Mexico, and has worked as a reporter, door-to-door salesman, and substance abuse counselor. He is the recipient of a 2022 Pushcart Prize and a Pen America Grant.

Class Registration and Cancellation Policy

Advance Registration Required.

Registration: Class registrations are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cancellation/Refund: The Floyd Center for the Arts will conduct classes for which an adequate number of students are registered. Class status is determined 1 week before the first date of the class, unless otherwise noted. Acceptance of payment does not guarantee that a class will run. If the Center must cancel a scheduled class, students who registered for such classes will be given the opportunity to transfer their payments to another course or receive a full refund of their tuition payment.

Student Withdrawals: Students withdrawing from a class before the cancellation period has ended, (one week prior to the start of class, unless otherwise noted) can receive a full refund or may transfer their payments to another class of their choice. Students who withdraw after the cancellation period has closed or after class has started, will not receive a refund.

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