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7 Point Story Structure - Distance Learning - Creative Writing - Literature

Grade Levels
8th - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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26 pages
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  1. Learn about three popular story structures: basic story structure, 7 Point Story Structure, and the Hero's Journey!Basic Story Structure (Great as an intro for beginners)Structure is critical to a satisfying story. While there are many approaches a writer can use today, this resource contains the m
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The ideal structure for those already familiar with the basics and ready to learn more. The 7 Point Story Structure is one of the most popular story structures in use today, in novels and especially in films. This resource will teach instructors and learners alike about this narrative approach. First, it will explain and define each element (Hook, Plot Point 1, Pinch Point 1, Midpoint, Pinch Point 2, Plot Point 2, Resolution), then show how these are used in examples (Spider-verse, Hamilton, The Hunger Games, The Golden Compass). It will compare the structure to other story structures and outline strengths and weaknesses, talk about timing for each element, help learners identify each element in a story, and/or help writers use them in their own stories, and more. This can be used for creative writing, literature, or film.


- A terminology table with short definitions

- A handout with each definition explained in more detail

- Examples (Spider-verse, Hamilton, The Hunger Games (film), The Golden Compass/Northern Lights)

- Comparisons to other story structures

- Strengths and weaknesses of this structure

- Tips on timing—where each element usually appears in the story—to help with identification and/or writing

- A blank table of the structure that can be filled out with terms or a specific story

- Brainstorming questions for writers

- Variations of exercises (one that tests knowledge, another that tests identification, and another for a writer’s own story)

- A worksheet where participants must match the terms to the correct definitions

- The worksheet answer key


I have worked professionally in the fiction-writing industry for over eight years. I hope to introduce teens and adults to professional approaches that will help them with their own creativity—something I wish I had much sooner!

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