Story StructureA presentation by Joan Vinall-Cox
Aristotle said it first!• No serious disagreement since Aristotle wrote  about Drama• Our culture’s analysis of the patter...
What is a Story ?• The difference between a story and a  chronicle• is cause and effect• A chronicle is a list of events• ...
All stories have plots• With a story, the viewer wants to know the  causes –•   why?•   who?•   what?•   and maybe when?
Plots & riddles• Essentially plots are  – riddles  – mysteries  – a game played between audience &   writer  – with clues
A Chronicle• The queen died.• Then the king died.
A Story (with a plot)• The queen died• Then the king died of grief!• Two actions united by answering the question  Why?
What is a Plot?• A plot is a blueprint of human behavior• A plot is made up of patterns of feelings and  actions• A plot m...
Story Structure• Human patterns from earliest beginnings• Chronicle vs Plot• Meaning = human behavior• Writers and Tellers...
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  1. 1. Story StructureA presentation by Joan Vinall-Cox
  2. 2. Aristotle said it first!• No serious disagreement since Aristotle wrote about Drama• Our culture’s analysis of the pattern that shapes a story has been the same for over 2000 years.
  3. 3. What is a Story ?• The difference between a story and a chronicle• is cause and effect• A chronicle is a list of events• A story has a plot – a pattern of cause & effect
  4. 4. All stories have plots• With a story, the viewer wants to know the causes –• why?• who?• what?• and maybe when?
  5. 5. Plots & riddles• Essentially plots are – riddles – mysteries – a game played between audience & writer – with clues
  6. 6. A Chronicle• The queen died.• Then the king died.
  7. 7. A Story (with a plot)• The queen died• Then the king died of grief!• Two actions united by answering the question Why?
  8. 8. What is a Plot?• A plot is a blueprint of human behavior• A plot is made up of patterns of feelings and actions• A plot makes connections, makes events meaningful
  9. 9. Story Structure• Human patterns from earliest beginnings• Chronicle vs Plot• Meaning = human behavior• Writers and Tellers playing a Game with Readers, Listeners

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