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.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.)
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.
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.
We ask attendees to chip in $1 to offset Meetup site hosting fees and other costs of running the group.
See you there!