Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Screenwriting Structure for Authors

Perfect for anyone who contemplates NaNoWriMo, or who needs that extra boost in structuring a complex story.


Screenwriting Structure for Authors : More and more, publishers are looking for books that have the pacing, emotional impact, and big, unique, "high concept" premises of Hollywood movies (and the potential for that movie or TV sale!).

Screenwriting is a compressed and dynamic storytelling form and the techniques of screenwriting are easily adaptable to novel writing.

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

as well as tricks of film pacing and suspense, character arc and drive, visual storytelling, 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.

You'll start to create your own personalized workbook of genre tricks tailored to you own brand of storytelling and a collage book to build visual image systems. And the emphasis on premise is invaluable for crafting that all-important pitch.

Whether you're just starting to develop a story or rewriting for maximum impact, this workshop can help make the process successful, easy, and fun.

About Alex:
As a screenwriter, Alexandra Sokoloff has sold original mystery and thriller scripts and written novel adaptations for numerous Hollywood studios. Her debut ghost story, THE HARROWING, was nominated for both a Bram Stoker award (horror) and Anthony award (mystery) for Best First Novel. Her second supernatural thriller, THE PRICE, was called “some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre” by the New York Times Book Review, and her short story, “The Edge of Seventeen”, won the International Thriller Writers' Thriller award. Alex’s third spooky thriller, THE UNSEEN, is out now, and is based on real-life experiments conducted at the parapsychology lab on the Duke University campus. BOOK OF SHADOWS and SHIFTERS, her first Harlequin Nocturne, are coming in 2010, and SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS, based on her popular workshop and blog (, is now available at Amazon.

Open to: ALL WRITERS, regardless of genre or level. You will work at your own pace with interaction with the instructor, appropriate for your level of expertise. The class uses yahoogroups as the meeting place, and you'll receive the lessons via email and will be able to interact with the instructor and class at your own pace for the month duration. All lessons and files will be available for you for download.

Deadline to Register: October 27, 2010
Click this link to register:

Cost: $20 for PASIC members, $30 for non-members

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