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Fractured Narrative Zoom Seminar: Shattering Traditional Story Structure to Create New Stories with Amber Sparks, Saturday, April 6th, 2024
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Fractured Narrative Zoom Seminar: Shattering Traditional Story Structure to Create New Stories with Amber Sparks, Saturday, April 6th, 2024

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Saturday, April 6th, 2024

Live Seminar Via Zoom 10AM – 1PM CST

Any questions about this class? Use the Chat Button (lower left) to talk with us.

Led by Amber Sparks, author of an upcoming novel, Happy People Don’t Live Here, an upcoming short story collection, Did Parents In the Middle Ages Love Their Children? (both from Liveright/W.W. Norton), and four collections of short fiction, including And I Do Not Forgive You: Revenges and other Stories and The Unfinished World. Her fiction and essays have appeared in American Short Fiction, the Paris Review, Slate, Tin House, Granta, The Cut and elsewhere.

Linear, traditional narrative is fine, but why settle for fine? Why not write stories that reflect the fractured, shattered, post-narrative world we live in? Stories that don’t travel in a straight line - they circle, they digress, they skip ahead, they doubt themselves and disappear, the show up six months later and swear the whole thing was a fever dream.

If you want stories that do all that, this is the seminar for you. We’ll do some talking, some warming up, then do weird generative writing exercises that will get you thinking about new ways to look at and deliver narrative in your stories.

We’ll talk about the best tricks and tips for springboarding excellent non-linear fiction, and brainstorm some of our own.


  • A list of moves for non-linear fiction writing.
  • A short piece of fractured writing that I’m positive you’ll want to keep working on.
  • And some further recommended fiction reading, too.


  • You're finding the constraints of your current writing practice too limiting.
  • You want exposure to a range of new approaches to bring to your writing practice.
  • You want an expanded sense of what is possible in your work.


"One of the more creative workshops I have ever taken. Amber Sparks really got me to think in different and creative ways. It was the right class at the right time for me."

"I really enjoyed Amber Sparks' workshop on Fractured Narrative! Great list of possible approaches to non-linear story-telling with helpful references to specific author's works as examples. Good exercises. Really enjoyed the chat input from other attendees as well. Great value for the price."

"I loved the specific ideas and recommendations about writings, authors, essays, etc, to check out, talking about specific elements of fiction. Honestly, for a 3-hour seminar, it was excellent!"

"I really enjoyed the focused writing exercises in Amber's seminar. It was a lot of fun!"

"This was the perfect balance between lecture presentation/writing exercises/ Q&A."

"I found everything about this class valuable, from the in-class readings, suggested readings/media, writing exercises, class (chat) conversation, and friendly camaraderie, and the enthusiastic, knowledgeable, empathetic instructor. Would highly recommend it."

"I appreciated Amber's familiarity, love, and expertise of the genre fantastic, along with the excellent mix of example and practice writing. Plus, this was a well-timed class."

"Amber's class exceeded my expectations because of the time to write, edit, rethink, and share with others through a small group."

"I loved the concrete tips and techniques and playful exercises that helped us use them right away."

"Yes, this seminar was wonderful. It was full of ideas and insights that I found really helpful and that I'm hoping to use in my writing. I can't point to just one specific thing. The class completely exceeded my expectations."

"I had high expectations from having taken a class with Amber before, and my expectations were certainly met and perhaps exceeded. This class provided so many stimulating ideas. Highly recommend."


This class will meet via Zoom.


You can pay for the course in full or use Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Amber Sparks | Live via Zoom

  • Saturday, April 6th, 2024 from 10AM - 1PM CST

  • Seminar is fully ONLINE and meets via Zoom