17th August 2012
8.30am to 4.30pm
SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS (and SCREENWRITERS!)
Instructor: Alexandra Sokoloff
Screenwriting is a compressed and dynamic storytelling form and the techniques of screenwriting are easily adaptable to novel writing. Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, you can jump-start your plot and bring your characters and scenes vibrantly alive on the page—by examining your favorite movies and learning from the storytelling tricks of great filmmakers.
In this workshop, you'll learn how to use techniques of film writing such as:
- the High Concept Premise
- the Three-Act, Eight-Sequence Structure
- the Storyboard Grid
- the Index Card Method of Plotting
- Visual Storytelling
- the Key Story Elements, including Key Elements and special structures of love stories
- as well as tricks of film pacing and suspense, character arc and drive, and building image systems—to structure and color your novel for maximum emotional impact, unbearable suspense and riveting pacing, no matter what genre you're writing in.
In this rapidly changing world of publishing, more and more agents and editors are looking for novels that have the pacing, emotional excitement, and big, unique, "high concept" premises of Hollywood movies (and the potential for that movie or TV sale!). And if you’re indie publishing, it’s even more important to make your book stand out from the horde.
Whether you're just starting to develop a book or script, or rewriting for maximum impact, this interactive workshop will guide you through an easy, effective and fun process to help you make your book (or script!) the best it can be.
Based on award-winning author/screenwriter Alexandra Sokoloff’s internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks For Authors blog and workbooks.
Alexandra Sokoloff is the author of the supernatural thrillers THE HARROWING, THE PRICE, THE UNSEEN, and BOOK OF SHADOWS, the paranormal romance, THE SHIFTERS, the upcoming paranormal trilogy TWIST OF FATE, and the new original e book THE SPACE BETWEEN, a young adult supernatural thriller. She is a Thriller Award winner and a Bram Stoker and Anthony Award nominee. The New York Times Book Review called her novels “Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.”
As a screenwriter, Alex has sold original horror and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios, for producers such as Michael Bay, Laura Ziskin, David Heyman, and Neal Moritz. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, west, and the board of the Mystery Writers of America.
In non-fiction, Alex is the author of SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS (AND SCREENWRITERS!), and WRITING LOVE, workbooks based on her internationally acclaimed blog and workshops.
|RWA members before May 1: $150||Non-members before May 1: $200|
|RWA members: $175||Non-members: $225|
All prices are GST inclusive and include lunch, morning and afternoon tea.
Registration desk open from 7.30am