Marry the wildness of your imagination to the rigor of structure
“Watt has an assured talent for complex narrative.”
The Globe and The Mail
THE OUTLINE IS YOUR ROADMAP TO SUCCESS
The challenge in outlining a novel, memoir, 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.
WHEN: Monday-Thursday, 10:00 am to 11:30 am (Pacific Time)
WHERE: Live on Zoom with Alan Watt
“I seriously didn’t think getting published could be a reality until I took your workshop!”
Aditi Khorana, Author of Mirror in the Sky, Razorbill, Penguin Books
“Al Watt is a master teacher, with a brilliant, intuitive understanding of story.”
Allen Zadoff, Author of The Unknown Assassin series, Little Brown
“Watt is a superb storyteller with an amazing ability to create suspense… fascinating and elaborate characters… multi-layered, complex and tragically realistic.”
Winnipeg Free Press
“Al Watt delivers the most concise, most graspable breakdown of story structure that I've ever heard.”
Andrew Lampl, Playwright
Day One – Unlock the Story Within
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 explore your protagonist’s wants and needs, uncover their transformation at the climax, and discover 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, we will cover the five key stages in your protagonist’s journey, from Inciting Incident to Opposing Argument to the Decision that propels your protagonist 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 30 minutes of homework each day.
All workshops happen LIVE on Zoom.
Alan is known as the Writer Whisperer.
He is the writer/director of the award-winning independent feature film, Interior Night, which won BEST FEATURE awards at U.S. Film Festivals in New York, Breckenridge, Cleveland and Catalina, as well as The Boston Film Festival’s Filmmaker Visionary Award.
He's an L.A. Times Bestselling novelist for Diamond Dogs, which won France’s Prix Printemps for best foreign novel of 2004.
The story lives within you.
I help you find it.