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From July to October, I scurry around the Pacific Northwest going from one writer’s conference to another. In October, I taught at the Edmonds Washington Writer’s on The Sound Conference (WOTS). I met some sage writer’s and optimistically inspired a few younglings along the way.
Last weekend I attended a Fields End (www.fieldsend.org) sponsored, Michael Hague workshop (www.screenplaymastery.com) on glorious Bainbridge Island. WOW! I learned a great deal in a short amount of time about mapping a character and story arc. Michael Hague, screenwriting teacher and author of “Writing Screenplays that Sell,” offered advice for charting and creating a great story. He has also taught with Christopher Vogler about the Heroes Journey. Hague’s speaking style is casual and approachable. I look forward to seeing him again. I haven’t even digested what all I learned yet. However, I will.
As I mentioned in the class I taught at WOTS, it never hurts and generally helps a writer to take classes outside of their genre and comfort zone. This last year I have made a point of attending screenwriting classes and have learned some magical storytelling tricks. Attend other genre classes; if you write westerns, attend a romance conference, I promise it will at sizzle to your writing. If you are a novelist I urge you to take screenwriting classes at conferences.
Well, I’m off to ready myself for NANO, which starts November 1st. If you don’t know about NANO’s National Novel Writing Month, visit this site http://www.nanowrimo.org and get busy!
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