THE OUTLINE IS YOUR ROADMAP TO SUCCESS
Instructor Alan Watt is the Creative Director of L.A. Writers' Lab, national bestselling author, and award-winning filmmaker. He founded L.A. Writers’ Lab in 2002 as a place for writers to deepen their craft by learning to marry the rigor of structure to the freedom of the muse. He has taught everyone from award-winning authors to A-list screenwriters, journalists, poets, actors, professional athletes, war veterans, housewives, doctors, lawyers, television showrunners, Emmy-winning directors, first-time writers, and anyone else with a story to tell.
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 Dates: Monday- Thursday, March 8-11, 2021
Class Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m. (Pacific Time)
Where: Zoom meeting
Note: There will be playback recordings if you can't attend the Live workshop sessions.