DATE: Thursday, September 24, 2020
MODE OF DELIVERY: Live Remote Instruction - Zoom
In these four-hour workshops, an exceptionally skilled instructor teaches a Master Class to talented students in specific areas of writing. These Master Classes focus on one subject that will include the student writing during the lesson. The fee is $150 and includes a mentoring program that continues beyond the workshop. Classes are limited to 15 students, and the goal is for the group to become a core support system with one Master to encourage and elevate their writing.
The Master Class is an immersive in-classroom experience via Zoom that offers access to a genius who will encourage the students to find and release their virtuosity and skills. Each seminar is designed to have a finished product at the end of the class and to foster a support group to guide you through the conference and beyond.
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.
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.
TIME: 3:00 - 7:00pm