What I’ve Learned: MFA in a Nutshell, Part 2


Katia Raina is a blogger I can heartily recommend to both beginning writers and well-seasoned ones. She’s also incredibly generous, sharing the very best nuggets from her MFA course at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Enjoy! And check out her previous posts at https://katiaraina.wordpress.com

Katia Raina

Hi all,

Sorry for the delay.  Figuring out post-MFA grownup life is time-consuming business! That, and completing the revisions, of course 😉

But now, let’s continue the (quite ambitious) list of all the things I have learned during my intense two years in the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children and Young Adults program. There may be more parts. We will see.

7. Arc

Over the last two years, I have really learned to pay attention to story arc. An arc means change. An arc is growth. Movement. In a good story, everything arcs. There is an external arc, and an internal one to mirror it. A good romance should have an arc. Every scene should have one. It might help to think of an arc as a journey. You know your story has a good, interesting arc when your character/scene/relationship/situation starts in one place and ends up somewhere different

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History, Mystery... and sometimes a touch of Fantasy. Historical adventures for Teens, Tweens and Young Adults.
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