UNLOCK THE STORY WITHIN
How many times have you tried to write a story only to realize somewhere in the middle that you didn't actually know what it was about?
Sure, you knew the characters’ names and their relationships to each other — at least, superficially. You even had a pretty good idea of the plot. But what was it all leading to? Why were you telling this story?
In this powerful LIVE one-day workshop, through lecture, writing exercises, and one-on-one work with writers to illustrate the principles, I will take you through the process of connecting to the core of your story, and then we will examine the key structural experiences that will help you to create a dynamic and compelling narrative. This workshop is for novelists, screenwriters, memoirists, producers, directors, editors, and anyone else with a desire to deepen their understanding about how to build a story.
Join me for this one-day LIVE transformative workshop.
Space is limited.
L.A. Conservatory Theater
10931 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Hi, I'm Al. They call me the Writer Whisperer.
I'm the L.A. Times bestselling author of the novels, Diamond Dogs and Days Are Gone, and the recipient of the American Library Association's Alex Award, a Book Sense Pick, a New York Time's New and Noteworthy book pick, and winner of France's Prix Printemps for best foreign novel of the year. Along with the national bestseller, The 90-Day Novel®, (Amazon's #1 book on writing for five months) the lab has published five other books on writing. I teach a process of marrying the wildness of your imagination to the rigor of structure, and my students span the range from first-time writers to best-selling authors and filmmakers who've won numerous accolades for their work including the Pulitzer Prize.
I’m also the writer/director of the independent feature, Eddie, Kill the President (formerly Interior Night), which won four best feature awards at U.S. film festivals as well as The Boston Film Festival's Filmmaker Visionary Award. Oh, I also had a small part on Seinfeld back in the 90s when I had a thick lustrous head of chestnut hair. It's the Chinese gum episode. I'm the movie theater vendor who sells Kramer the vile hotdog.
“I cannot recommend Al highly enough. He's my guy. If you take your career seriously, make him yours.”
Jessica Sharzer, Screenwriter, A Simple Favor, Co-Executive Producer, American Horror Story
“I already had an MFA and I teach and direct a college creative writing program, but I really didn’t have an organic understanding of story. Al’s ability to merge intuition and structure is unique and invaluable. I was able to work through my outline-phobia because of the way he approached structure as a holistic approach, rather than a rigid box. Al encourages the writer to live within the questions of the story, not the answers.”
Laraine Herring, Author of Gathering Lights, Winner of the Barbara Deming Award for Women
“As I had already completed the first draft of my novel, I wasn't sure if I'd learn much on this course, but I could not have been more wrong! I now feel much better equipped to get to the core of what my story is 'really' about and to make that the focus of the second draft. Al is a gifted, humane, experienced, humble and utterly relatable teacher and, whether you are a new writer or an experienced one, offers so much insight to the writing process. Highly recommended.”
Jody Day, Author of Living The Life Unexpected
“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 J. Lampl, Playwright, The Van Gogh Cafe
“Watt has an assured talent for complex narrative.”
The Globe and The Mail
“Alan is the best writing instructor on the planet. He shines a light and steps out of the way. He honors the creative process and he respects the writer's soul. He is insightful and caring and generous. I feel lucky to have crossed paths with such an inspiring person.”
Creativity is your birthright. Your sole purpose is to build a body of work.