Writing BackstoryInstructor: Stacia Ann (Stacia Ann)
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Start Date: Monday, April 6th, 2015
Duration: Four Weeks
Class Size: 7 Students
Seats Left: 5
What is backstory? What isn't backstory? General principles of backstory:
*Start the story in the correct place
*Keep the main story moving forward
*Less is more in backstory: what the reader needs to know
*Avoiding information dump, placing backstory in the correct place
Writing 1: idea for a story and its relevant backstory
Backstory through narration and internal and external dialogue
Writing 2: Write the first page or two of the story; include backstory while keeping the main story moving forward
Backstory through flashback. Transitioning in and out of flashback.
Writing 3: Include a flashback with transitions in your story; keep the main story moving forward
Nonlinear stories: moving backward and forward in time
Writing 4: Add backstory to your story as applicable (dialogue, narration, flashback). For an extra challenge, transition in and out of a flashback more than once.
Instructor: Stacia Ann
About The Instructor: Stacia Ann is an Linguistics Lecturer and Writing Instructor at the University of California. She has a doctorate of Education, Master's of Art in English/TESOL. This instructor has taught writing classes for over ten years. She also teaches academic writing and English as a Second Language at the University of the Pacific. A published author including works of short fiction and academic nonfiction including contest winning stories.