Bryan Young
- Prewriting Your Novel

This hands-on workshop will take you from zero-ideas to having a novel ready to write. Be prepared to think up ideas, workshop them, and be ready to write a synopsis for a book you haven't even thought of yet.

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TIME: 12:00 - 4:00pm

Phil Cousineau - Stoking the Creative Fires: the Nine Stages of Writing

"Genius is the power for lighting your own flame." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

What are you on fire about now? Where does your fiery urge to create come from? What do you do to rekindle the inner flame of creativity when it is nearly extinguished by despair or fear? And what are you doing to pass on the torch of your inspiration? These questions are at the heart of one of the greatest human mysteries of all – creativity. This seminar explores the history of creativity, from painting and writing to photography, movies, and business, but its emphasis is on the practices, exercises, and sparks that enable us to sustain a creative life in any chosen field. To do this, we will focus on the three incandescent stages of the creative journey: Inspiration, Perspiration, and Realization. Each session will feature stories, film clips, and animated discussions. Our themes will include: the cultivation of work habits, the use of dreams, the role of mentors, the dreaded creative block, the myth of genius, and the ever-changing role of the publishing world. We will also engage in writing and active imagination exercises as tools for finding our true voice and deepening our work. The workshop is designed for all those who are fascinated by the possibility of lifelong creative writing including poets, novelists, memoirists, screenwriters, travel writers, journalists, and thesis writers.

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TIME: 12:00 - 4:00pm

Linda Aronson - Creating and Interweaving Multiplot/Flashback TV Serials

'Unorthodox' Deconstructed:  Creating and interweaving Multiplot/flashback TV serials.

These days it's hard to find a TV drama series that doesn't include some form of flashback or flashforward,  and multiple protagonists and multiple interwoven storylines are standard. But conventional screenwriting theory deals with none of these. How, actually, do you sit down, create and interweave four, five, or six serial storylines that run across a season's worth of episodes? How do you structure flashbacks without disaster? How do you estimate to the minute how much plot to include, and crucially, how do you do all this at speed? In this world-first 'nuts and bolts' webinar, nonlinear scriptwriting guru and award-winning TV writer Linda Aronson breaks down the hit series 'Unorthodox' - to introduce you to the practical story mechanics behind 'breaking the story' in TV drama serials that use multiple protagonist plotlines and complex double narrative flashback.

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TIME: 3:00 - 7:00pm