Are you ready to jumpstart your novel, memoir, or screenplay?
Outlining is frequently mistaken as “plotting,” which is why writers often get stuck in the outlining stage. The outline arises out of character to reveal plot. In this four-day intensive workshop each writer will discover a process of connecting to the underlying truths of their story by exploring the key experiential stages in your protagonist’s journey.
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.
Class Length: 4 days
Tuesday - Friday, May 23-26
Class Days and Times
Tuesday through Friday 3:00-4:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Where: Your telephone