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Tame the Beast

How to focus and frame your unwieldy story

A presentation and workshop by Aaron Shulman
Saturday, April 20 at 1 pm

We all have stories to tell. Often, however, we struggle at the outset of a new writing project to find ways to focus and make sense of the story we’re dying to tell. How do you find the strongest entry point and source of narrative momentum, the most compelling characters, and the climax? How can you organize and plan for the many possible directions your story might lead you in?

This session will help you land on the most effective and engaging way of framing and describing your story.

  • LEARN the theory behind narrative framing and construction,
  • EXPLORE a variety of ways to create a cohesive narrative out of fragmented materials,
  • DEVELOP a habit of understanding your project on a deeper narrative level from the outset, and
  • GAIN tips for translating your writing project into a successful pitch or proposal.

There are two options for this session: 

On-site at Creative Nonfiction

Online via Webinar

1 pm - 4:30 pm 

$35 if registered by 4/15/2019* 
$45 if registered after 4/15/2019

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Space is limited to 16 attendees

1 pm - 2 pm EST

$12 if registered by 4/15/2019
$15 if registered after 4/15/2019

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*On-site participants receive Shulmann's book, The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain's Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War!

Location // 5119 Coral Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

The lower level of our workshop and gallery space is wheelchair accessible. Free on-street parking is available.

Doors open at 12 pm, event begins at 1 pm. Snacks, coffee & tea will be provided.


Aaron Shulman is the author of the nonfiction historical narrative The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain's Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War (Ecco/HarperCollins, March 2019). A former Fulbright scholar, his work has appeared in The Believer, the New Republic, the American Scholar, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among many other places. An editorial coach, collaborative writer, and developmental editor, he works with Idea Architects Literary Agency to bring the research of visionary scientists and thinkers to a wide readership. He lives with his family in Santa Barbara, California.


Questions? Please call us at 412-404-2975 or email our coordinating editor, Kaylee Ritchie, at ritchie@creativenonfiction.org.