WRITE-IN & Stone Soup
THIS WEEK listen on KERA
to ANN PATCHETT
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and Richard Price HERE)
Saturdays --9-10 PM on KERA 90.1
SAVE THE DATE!
(LAST) WRITES OF SPRING
COMING JUNE 21-22
DALLAS & ADDISON
SPONSORED BY VITRUVIAN PARK
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BIG Early Bird Discounts for the Mystery or Screen Writer in you!
This creative writing workshop will concentrate on the writing elements of the mystery genre with emphasis on special techniques that apply to mysteries, such as MacGuffins and the use of red herrings, to misdirect your readers and create suspense. With each lesson, you'll get to practice on your own story. When you have questions or insights to share, you can join your instructor and classmates in a dynamic, interactive discussion each week.
JAMES VAN LOON is the author of two works of fiction, Echoes from the Edge and the most recent, and acclaimed, BLUE MAGIC WOMAN. This riveting psychological murder mystery is a story between two voices, a novel within a novel, about a mysterious blue magic woman who casts a seductive spell on Michael, a passionate, but troubled young artist living in a disjointed world of eroticism and mysticism.Besides being a novelist, he is also a university psychology instructor, chartered psychologist, and international consultant.
NOTE: THIS COURSE IS OPEN TO ALL LEVELS OF WRITER AND EVEN READERS WHO WANT TO TRY THEIR HAND AT WRITING SUSPENSE.
Learn more and register here.
The "Everything" Essentials
May 17-18, 12:00-4:30 PM
TWO SEPARATE SECTIONS:
Screenplay Basics (Saturday)
Adapting Work to the Screen (Sunday)
Take separately or together
Saturday "Crafting Ideas into a Screenplay"
This Screenwriting Intensive begins by introducing the formal elements of story, screenplay structure, and how screenplays use conflict to "raise the stakes" while moving the story forward. Students will understand what goes in to creating dynamic characters and realistic dialogue, but in a way uniquely suited tothe screen. By viewing several short films, concepts will be directly demonstrated and applied to the utility of craft to develop the strongest possible screenplay. Attending students will leave class knowing industry standards and expectations and what a professional screenplay should look like.
Sunday "Adapting Work for the Big Screen"
This section is devoted to learning how to adapt original source material, your own or someone else's, into a short or feature film screenplay. Many top films have been based on books, poems, famous lives, significant events, musicals--even theme parks. Source material is as varied as the experiences that capture our imagination.In this workshop, we will review examples of short films using source materials, so you will be able to trace their transformation from the original form, to screenplay, to film. Finally, you will try your hand at scripting scenes from various sources.
If you are already a writer, you may have an original work you would like to "convert" to the screen. Avid readers may have a favorite book, novella, poem, short story, or memoir that has captured your imagination, but never been adapted beyond the page.
For over 20 years, ELLEN MYERS FONTANA
(a.k.a. Erwin) has been a Hollywood producer, screenwriter, developer, consultant, and more, holding various positions in the motion picture industry for a wide range of feature film and television projects. Most recently, Ellen has completed the adaptation of Shallows
, Tim Winton's
award-winning novel, which has been slated for production in 2016. In 2011, Ellen collaborated with Winton to adapt his best-selling novel, Cloudstreet (2011), into a 6-hour mini-series, which was nominated for an AACTA award for Best Screenplay in Television. The published book, "Cloudstreet: the Screenplay," by Tim Winton and Ellen Fontana (Penguin), was awarded the 2011 Western Australian Premier's Book Prize, Scripts Award. You can view the official trailer for Cloudstreethere. Ellen is also The New York Times best-selling co-author of the biography, The Audrey Hepburn Treasures, and Audrey 100, featuring a collection of 100 photos selected by Audrey Hepburn's family. In 2004 Ellen was also a contributing author on the cult classic, What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?
companion book and edited Dr. Quantum in The Grandfather Paradox
, part of the series of children's books on quantum physics. You can learn more about Ellen from her website ellenfontana.com
NOTE:THESE SECTIONS CAN BE TAKEN TOGETHER OR SEPARATELY
BOTH as a SINGLE Course
- Members Early Bird (before May 3) -- $120
- Members (after May 3) -- $155
- Non-Members -- $260
Learn more and register here.
- Members Early Bird (before May 3) -- $65 Members
- Members (after May 3) -- $85
- Non-Members -- $135