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Dale Griffiths Stamos

Story Structure for All Genres

Story structure for fiction and nonfiction

Monday - Friday
1:00-3:30 PM
Vista III

In both fiction and nonfiction Stamos looks to help writers strengthen those all-important story elements, without which the novel, memoir, play or screenplay will fall apart, no matter how beautifully worded. Stamos will look at pages from your work in the context of your whole story, helping you to strengthen the parts in ways that contribute to make a more compelling whole. Remember STORY is at the heart of every good story!

Message to Students

I like my students to bring in no more than five pages from any genre: fiction, nonfiction, memoir, play, screenplay. I prefer that the student draw those pages from a key dramatic scene in the work, preferably not from the beginning. Students can also bring in ideas for new work and I will help answer questions regarding potential structure.When bringing in pages, where possible, bring copies for me. For first time conference attendees, find the workshops that resonate for you — that inspire you and make you want to write more, and better.


Stamos is an award winning and internationally published and produced playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer, and poet. Her playwright credits include One White Crow, Love Struck,Thicker Than Water, Dialectics of the Heart, and Blue Jay Singing in the Dead of Night (for which she also co-wrote music and lyrics). Stamos is also a published poet; her work has appeared in bosque: the magazine, Calyx, The Lucid Stone, rivertalk, Into the Teeth of the Wind, ONTHEBUS, and Rattle. Stamos’s most recent work is a nonfiction book in collaboration with her twin brother, W. Scott Griffiths, entitled RenWomen: What Modern Renaissance Women Have to Teach Us About Living Rich, Fulfilling Lives, which was released in early spring 2016.

Writing Tip I Live By

Writing begets writing. Don’t wait for inspiration.The act of writing opens the channel for more writing to come through.

Literary (and other) Heroes

Carson McCullers, Harper Lee, Jorge Luis Borges, Douglas Adams, Donald Margulies,Tom Stoppard,Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller.