Writing

How to Structure a Story: Understanding Narrative Structure

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 6 min read

From origin stories to folktales to supernatural mythology, well-told narratives have been passed down across cultures and generations. In today’s world, we’re most familiar with storytelling in one of four forms: spoken stories, novels (or short stories), live theater, and filmed entertainment. In all forms of media, the stories that stand the test of time are those with strong, compelling narrative structure.