4-Day Outline Your Story Telecourse

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Mon, Jan 13, 10:00am - Jan 16, 11:30am (4 sessions)

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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Alan Watt

What you'll learn in this screenplay class:

This class is NOT an in-person class, but a telecourse class. You need access to a phone to dial in to the live class.

The challenge in outlining a novel or screenplay lies in marrying the wildness of your imagination to the rigor of story structure. There is no formula to creating an outline, but there is craft involved. In this four-day intensive workshop each writer will discover a process of connecting to the primal forces in their characters to reveal plot. Through this process you'll discover the foundational elements that will help you to unlock the story within.


Day One – Character and Theme

Through a series of exercises, each writer will connect to the protagonist’s dilemma at the heart of the story. The dilemma is the source of the story from which all tension and conflict arise. We will discuss the protagonist’s wants and needs, their transformation at the climax, and why you are uniquely qualified to tell this story.

Day Two – Act One/Thesis

We will take a close look at the first act of your story. Through lecture, discussion, and one-on-one work with each writer, I will cover the five key stages in the protagonist’s journey, from Inciting Incident to Opposing Argument to the Decision that propels your hero into the second act.

Day Three – Act Two/Antithesis

In this workshop, we will explore the four key stages that your protagonist goes through, from 1) False Hope to 2) Temptation to 3) Suffering and 4) Surrender.

Day Four – Act Three/Synthesis

In this workshop we will explore the final four stages in your protagonist’s journey from 1) Accepting Reality to 2) Taking Action to 3) Battle Scene and finally 4) New Equilibrium.

There is approximately a half-hour of homework each day.

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Refund Policy
Cancellation up to the day the workshop begins. No refund once the workshop has begun. However, The 90-Day Novel and 90-Day Screenplay workshops only require half tuition up front and remainder paid by the fifth week.


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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
10:00am - 11:30am Alan Watt 4 $245
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Jan 14 10:00am - 11:30am Alan Watt
Wed, Jan 15 10:00am - 11:30am Alan Watt
Thu, Jan 16 10:00am - 11:30am Alan Watt

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L.A. Writer's Lab is a Los Angeles-based creative writing workshop catering to writers at all levels. Home of The 90-day novel workshop, our goal is to teach writers a process of getting the story from their imagination to the page by marrying the wildness of the imagination to the rigor of story structure....

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