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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

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.


Dale Griffiths Stamos is a playwright, screenwriter, short film director, producer, and author. Her five short films (all of which she wrote, three of which she directed) have been official selections at multiple film festivals, garnering Audience and Jury awards at three of them. Two of her shorts, “The Dinner Guest” and “Dirty Little Secret” received Awards of Excellence from Best Shorts Competition. Her latest short film has just completed post production. Her full-length and short plays have been produced in Los Angeles and throughout the country.  She is the recipient of the prestigious Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville and is a top-ten Writer’s Digest Stage Play Competition winner. Stamos is also the co-author of a nonfiction book RenWomen: What Modern Renaissance Women Have to Teach Us About Living Rich, Fulfilling Lives. In addition to SBWC, Dale has led workshops at the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference and teaches writing at SBCC. 

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.