18 and older
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.