4-Week: Conflict—The Glue that Holds the Story Together

Conflict--The Glue that Holds the Story Together

Conflict is a core tenet of story creation. It's the struggle between two opposing forces, or a problem that must be solved. Most stories have many different conflicts, most of them minor; as well as a single, main conflict which is what the story is mostly about. Simply put, dramatic conflict is created when a character is prevented from getting something he or she wants. Action is the result of conflict. In its simplest form, Conflict can be broken down to internal and external conflict(s). In a more complex examination, conflict can be a struggle of person v person, person v nature, person v society and/or person v self. Without conflict there's no action moving the story forward, nothing to hold it together—no stakes. In this 4-week craft workshop, we'll examine conflict and its responsive partner: action.

Required Text*:

The Anatomy of Story, by John Truby

*Copies of this book are available to Lighthouse students at a 10% discount at the Tattered Cover on Colfax. Simply tell a Tattered Cover employee you are enrolled in a course at Lighthouse, and they will direct you to where the books are shelved.  

Please Note: This class will skip the week of September 20 and run through October 11.

Instructor: Michael Catlin Learn More


Sep 13, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pmSep 20, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pmSep 27, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pmOct 04, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pmOct 11, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm