February Meeting

Join us for an evening with Michael Hauge.

THE 10 ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF EVERY STORY

Whether you want your screenplay sold, your novel published or your speech to bring people to their feet, you must master the key elements that transform any story into an artistic and commercial success. Michael Hauge, one of Hollywood’s top script consultants and the best-selling author of Writing Screenplays That Sell and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read, will reveal the essential principles for creating compelling stories that will enthrall and inspire the widest possible audience.

Michael Hauge is a Hollywood story consultant, author and lecturer who works with writers, filmmakers, public speakers and business leaders. He has coached writers or consulted on projects for every major studio and network, including I Am Legend, Hancock and The Karate Kid for Will Smith and Overbrook Entertainment. He has presented his seminars to more than 70,000 participants around the world.





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  • John H.

    On basic story-telling points we're discussing, let's remember this simple but instructional story analysis of THE WIZARD OF OZ: "Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets the teams up with three strangers to kill again."

    2 · February 25, 2014

    • Ron M.

      Now I have to start my novel over. Ron McKenzie

      February 25, 2014

    • John H.

      Ron - why do you have to start your novel over? Did you finally read our book?

      1 · February 26, 2014

  • Steve F.

    Never trust a naif from Kansas.

    February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This meetup was really good, my first with this group. Being new to book writing and always looking for insight and useful tips, Michael nailed it for me. His information was truly valuable. The venue was decent, Michael was entertaining and informative. The cost to attend was ridiculous... practically free! For those who felt he was promoting himself...wouldn't you do a bit of that also? For instance, if you have written a book and you're speaking in front of a group, would you take time to promote your publication? I think so. I felt that Michael's 'promotion' of his experience and skills helped to give credibility to the information and tips that he shared with us. It was exactly what I needed. Thanks!

    February 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Agreed. How else can it make sense for speakers to travel to venues and practically give away their knowledge and expertise? It doesn't lessen the value of what they have to share if they also tell you "oh, if you want more of this, I've got it." Totes agree. ;-)

      February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    In the words of the late, great John Belushi, "Whaddaya want for nothin? Rubber biscuits?" $5 is as close to nothin as it gets these days; even I can afford it!

    February 24, 2014

  • Barbara Becker L.

    Great lesson.

    1 · February 24, 2014

  • Barbara Becker L.

    John Hill, great statement. I enjoyed this month's speaker and your presentation with Ron last month. See you next month.

    February 24, 2014

  • Chuck D.

    John, this is very well stated. Sums it up for me. Thanks.

    February 24, 2014

  • John H.

    Follow up thought on those expressing disappointment with the recent speaker (or any speaker.) In case you're either experienced at what many how-to books or self-styled gurus offer for story-telling advice OR have a cynical/know-it-all/ even smug attitude when listening to speakers (I personally fit both categories, plus other character failings in this area), here's how I approach listening to a speaker: if I can just learn one new thing to consider about novel writing? Then it's worth it. If I hear just one thing that makes me think and re-consider some belief system, or approach, that's enough. For me. Your mileage may vary.

    4 · February 24, 2014

  • Diane C.

    Those few who weren't enthralled with Michael's presentation should remember this was just the tip of the iceberg of his presentation. There's only so much one can cover in an hour. Once you've heard his full-day presentation on the hero's two journeys, you'll understand why he's so popular.

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Lottie K.

    Reading through the reviews, it appears the consensus is this was a great meeting. I am more than disappointed. I came down with a nasty, nasty, case of the flu. I hope to be at the next meeting.

    February 23, 2014

  • Carolyn M.

    Great meeting. Today after I did the first draft of my article, I got my notes out and referred to the points he talked about, adjusted my writing and made it a better story. Thanks so much.

    February 22, 2014

  • Scott

    Thank you not charging more than$5. I left when the third disappointing item was presented.

    February 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've frequently felt that these kinds of meetings are little more than a forum for self-aggrandization, shall we say, and as a many-times professionally published author who has worked for many years as an editor for traditional publishers, big and small, I rarely hear much that is new or useful to me. I was loathe to attend this month's meetup, as I anticipated a similar disappointment. Yet I found the speaker and the topic useful and entertaining. I'm fascinated by your reaction, and wonder just what you had expected that led to such a letdown. After all, this is Las Vegas, "the Town that Intellect Forgot," so I know I'm not going to the 92nd Street Y! And the speaker's background was well advertised beforehand. So

      February 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm wondering just what you found so disappointing. You can PM me with your reply, should you care to.

      1 · February 22, 2014

  • Ron M.

    I think the speaker did a good job and knows his material. As everyone in the room has different writing backgrounds and different experiences, they all see the material from a different viewpoint, and as the information is presented, they fit it into "their" frame of reference. I learn something from every presentation, but the main advantage is it makes me think, and when that happens, my writing improves and provides me with motivation. That to me is the value of the group. Ron McKenzie

    2 · February 22, 2014

  • A.t. I.

    I'm glad I went, gave me some new things to think about and apply to future work

    February 21, 2014

  • Barbra W.

    The best yet (although I have missed some). I thought he gave a great presentation.

    February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hmmm. It was good. But not great. It seemed to me that he was there to promote himself rather than teach. Its fine though since it was a free venue. But it reminded me of a paid preacher that has preached the same sermon for years and has lost the passion for it. I'm pretty sure his ceminar will be the real deal. Don't get me wrong thought, I still think his a great coach. That's why I still bought some of his material.

    February 21, 2014

  • Scott

    I walked out after the second point was discussed

    February 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Why was that, if I may ask?

      February 21, 2014

  • Joyce H.

    Michael Hauge is a great speaker and listening to him was great.

    February 21, 2014

  • John H.

    Good speaker, good thoughts. Great point: we have to invest our emotions in the main character or the story won't work. He didn't emphasize is that to do this, we need to show (start with!) a scene dramatizing the protagonist doing something to make us start to care. I think we begin to care about someone (in life or fiction) and thus, invest our emotions in them, if we see them doing something that shows 1. kindness 2. intelligence 3. courage --or humor, mystery or sadness.. (The last three need to be backed up fast with scenes showing real character traits like the first three.) So these scenes have to created, often opening scenes. Once we start to care about the protagonist, then hit them with their big plot problem to solve for the whole novel. But I personally do not believe in 2014 the marketplace will tolerate (i.e. agents/publishers will keep reading) if we take time to set up "heros normal world"; get the plot problem on stage fast, can't be too soon. Page 1 works.

    3 · February 21, 2014

  • Richard W.

    Great speaker , fantastic turnout. Thanks to all who came out.

    February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Best speaker yet; really useful stuff.

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Chuck D.

    The speaker was excellent. His information was invaluable.

    February 20, 2014

  • Harvey M.

    Excellent presentation and subject matter. Motivating!

    February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a Great talk on story elements. I am currently taking classes on short stories and screenplays, and it is fun to see the overlap of how to tell a story. Screenplays are more structured, and he hit on that when talking about what page certain things should happen. I look forward to competing for a spot in the next anthology!

    February 20, 2014

  • Denise

    INTERESTING!!!

    February 20, 2014

  • Judy Shine L.

    Unfortunately, I just had cataract surgery and can't attend. I truly wish I could!

    Judy Logan

    February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    hello everyone, looking fwd. to the meet up and will bring my $10.00. and the next time I will upload a photo of my self. I truly need some help getting this story out in print its been in my head for over ten years. ha, ha, ha, see yall

    February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The $5 fee is it a one time fee or is it $5 every time we meet.

    February 16, 2014

    • Richard W.

      The $5 is per meeting. It's to cover the cost of the room and other expenses.

      1 · February 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't wait to meet all the writers in the organization. I will skip the next few months of writing because I do not have any child care for my son. I have to wait until my wife returns.

    February 16, 2014

  • Arlena

    Sounds like a great program. I'll be back in March.

    1 · February 14, 2014

  • Diane C.

    I heard Michael Hauge speak at a conference a couple years ago. CAN'T WAIT to hear what he has to say. He's phenomenal!

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Scott

    Anyone know any quality book editors? Properly connected editors a plus.

    January 25, 2014

    • Joyce H.

      I've used Charley Brindley to edited my books and he's very good and reasonable priced. [masked]

      January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am excited this will be the first time I have ever met with a group of writers, looking forward to the meeting.

    1 · January 10, 2014

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