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18 Secrets of Successful Stories
April 5, 2014 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM| $100 (Early Bird $75)
Led by Dr. Stan Williams, Catholic Writer and Filmmaker, “The 18+ Secrets of Successful Story Structure Workshop” is for Screenwriters, Novelists, and other Writers of shorter works. Dr. Williams is a Hollywood and Novelist Story Consultant, and author of the classic story structure book used in Hollywood, “The Moral Premise: Harnessing Virtue and Vice for Box Office Success.” This is not explicitly a Catholic event, but the principles taught are based on natural law and the ancient rules of storytelling. The workshop presents a focused system of simple, practical methods that will help you design a story that will naturally and organically connect your characters and audience or readers. The key is that every character arc, every subplot, and every conflict that drives the drama, must be centered around a single, logical connected concept called the Moral Premise —the foundational concept at the heart of all successful stories. It is a principle that has been passed down from ancient times, and a principle that modern research has shown is imbued in all great stories that connect with audiences. If you ignore this principle, your story is doomed. But if you consistently apply it to each character, scene, and dramatic beat, it will empower your storytelling, and illuminate all the other techniques you bring to the craft. Bring your story ideas as we will workshop the structural elements.