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Plotting with the Freytag Pyramid

Lecture no. 10 from the course: Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

Plotting with the Freytag Pyramid

Taught by Professor James Hynes | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Whether you’re writing literary fiction or a potboiler, your story needs a structure. Freytag’s Pyramid is the classic structure for moving a story from an initial situation through a series of conflicts to a resolution. Examine every stage of the pyramid with examples ranging from The Wizard of Oz to Middlemarch to Game of Thrones.


March 24, 2016