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Story Structure Workshop, Wine Tasting, and Networking - Dec 2013 meeting

  • Dec 4, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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6:30pm Wine Tasting and Networking

Join us for a complementary (i.e. FREE) wine tasting by Total Wine staff, and network with fellow writers.

7:00 - 9:00pm  Story Structure Workshop

Have a general idea for a story but not sure where to go next? Have some pages written but hit a road block? Have too many ideas, and not sure where to focus? The goal of this workshop is to help you take a step back and create a story roadmap to guide the next stage of your writing.

Structure is the backbone of your screenplay and is defined by the major turning points in the story. Good structure supports your protagonist's story arc and creates an engaging emotional experience. Once you have defined the key events in your story, you can focus on filling in the details in between.

AGENDA

  1. We'll start with a recap of key topics, covering the three act structure, beats, and turning points, with examples to illustrate the concepts. (20 minutes)
  2. Then we'll break out into small groups to work on the structure of your own stories, helping each other along the way. Advanced writers are encouraged to guide others. (60 minutes)
  3. We'll wrap up by doing a modified pitch fest, asking volunteers to talk through their story structure. The group will provide constructive feedback. (40 minutes)

(NOTE: This meeting needs to end promptly at 9pm due to changed store hours.)

PREPARATION
We encourage everyone to be ready to work on one original story concept. If you already have a good handle on structure, you can map out your story structure before the meeting, then use the meeting to get feedback and make refinements.

REFERENCES

There are countless resources for screenplay structure, but here are a few to get you started:


FOOTNOTE: NOT FOR EVERYONE

While many experts encourage taking this top-down, structured approach, some writers find it does not work for them. They prefer to let the structure emerge as they use their own techniques for writing. Regardless, popular stories work because they do in fact have a strong, recognizable structure with specific traits. I encourage everyone to at least become familiar with the concepts, even if you don't choose to apply them.

It's also worth saying that once you have drafted a structure, you are not bound to it. Writing is rewriting, and this is also true for structure. The structure you first create may need to be re-worked later, but defining a structure early can help push your writing to the next stage.

DONATION

We ask attendees to chip in $1 to offset Meetup site hosting fees and other costs of running the group.

See you there!

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  • irvin

    great meeting. the structure templates are a great tool. it provides us, novice writers with basic knowledge to remain focused on developing our writing.

    December 5, 2013

  • Nick S.

    Great to see everyone, old and new faces. Thanks to the volunteers for reading their structures to the group.

    1 · December 4, 2013

  • Kiersten N.

    I'll be there !

    1 · December 3, 2013

    • Kiersten N.

      Ugh I won't be able to make it :_

      December 4, 2013

    • Nick S.

      See you in 2014 :)

      December 4, 2013

  • Nick S.

    Presentation from tonight uploaded to Files section: http://files.meetup.com/7528182/Screenplay%20Structure_Dec2013_NAS_v3.pdf

    Will also upload the worksheets, and the Wizard of Oz examples.

    December 4, 2013

  • Clifton H.

    Hi all! I'm new here. Just wanted to say that I can't wait to meet you all tonight as it will be my first screenwriter meeting, ever.

    1 · December 4, 2013

    • david s.

      I gave it to the last minute and I am not feeling better. I don't want to chance it and make anyone else sick so I need to miss this one. Sorry.

      December 4, 2013

    • Publisher-Writer Lucretia R.

      Get well David. Hope to meet you in 2014.

      December 4, 2013

  • Publisher-Writer Lucretia R.

    I have arrived! *in my reality show girl voice*

    1 · December 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to cancel as well...business opportunity knocks! So sorry!

    1 · December 4, 2013

  • Sharon P.

    I apologize, last minute change of plans. I have to cancel my rsvp for tonight, and it sounded like a lot of fun, too.

    December 4, 2013

  • Kip

    Good Article about screenwriting in the NY TIMES this weekend http://nyti.ms/18315ZK

    1 · December 3, 2013

  • Nick S.

    Great infographic and article about why scripts don't get recommended by readers: http://goo.gl/EFuAdP (Also featured on our Twitter feed a couple weeks back.)

    December 3, 2013

    • Lance M.

      Again, very good stuff. Almost sad to say that I did see a couple of the problems in my script listed here. But, the first step to solving the problem is knowing that it exists in the first place. Gives you a heads up. :) Thanks for these great articles, Nick! :)

      1 · December 3, 2013

    • Nick S.

      Yep, I'm with ya. Me too...

      December 3, 2013

  • Nick S.

    I've been following a great series of blog articles on creating strong screenplay endings. Inspiring and accessible insights from Allen Palmer in Australia. I encourage folks to join his mailing list. http://www.crackingyarns.com.au/2013/12/02/great-endings-6-two-key-moments-that-set-up-your-ending/

    See you all Wednesday!

    December 2, 2013

    • Nick S.

      Yeah, Lance. I had the same reaction about midpoints, but he has so many solid ideas in other areas, I'm trying to incorporate what he says into my mental model. And yes - this whole "game" of learning the screenwriting craft is about taking in all these disparate sources of information and in the end, finding your own way to do something original. Onward and forward!

      1 · December 2, 2013

    • Lance M.

      I agree. I think the best way to look at it is that it's all relative to the screenwriter. You read all the sources and get all the different takes. But, in the end, it's going to be what's the most comfortable for each screenwriter. Now, there are those that would disagree with that also...but it's my perspective. :)

      1 · December 2, 2013

  • Andrew S.

    I will finally be in town to attend and meet you all. I am new to the ATL industry. Can't wait to get together! :-)

    2 · November 13, 2013

  • Kip

    Wine tasting, staying classy Atlanta!

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Nick S.

    Hi All - I spent some time this morning making some updates to the site. The main addition is a page dedicated to new screenwriters. Hope you find it helpful! http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Screenwriters-Anonymous/pages/Getting_Started_in_Screenwriting/

    Stay tuned for more details about the specific hands-on craft activities for this meeting.

    1 · November 9, 2013

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