Jessica Brody presents Save the Cat!
In this unique and engaging presentation, Jessica guides authors through the steps of using Blake Snyder’s SAVE THE CAT!® story structure method to create engaging stories, compelling character arcs, and unputdownable novels. A majority of the presentation will focus on breaking down the heart of the SAVE THE CAT!® methodology: the “Blake Snyder Beat Sheet”. These 15 “beats” (or plot points) are the key ingredients that make up ANY successful story and that no good novel should be without. Through examples from popular novels, films, and her own books, Jessica will demonstrate how the 15 beats can be used to turn a new story idea into a full-length, compelling book outline, help you crack your most recent rewrite, fix broken plotlines, or jumpstart you out of the dreaded writer’s block. This fun and informative workshop is sure to inspire your members and leave them itching to get home and start writing!
About our speaker
Jessica Brody is the international bestselling author of seven young adult and women’s fiction novels including THE KARMA CLUB, 52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER and the first two books in a new YA Sci-Fi/Romance trilogy, UNREMEMBERED. Her books have been translated and published in over 20 countries and several have been optioned for film and TV. She contributes her success (and her nine contracted novels to date) to her use of the story-writing methodology, SAVE THE CAT!®, created by screenwriter Blake Snyder and widely used by screenwriters, directors, producers, and studio executives. Originally intended for screenplays, Jessica, along with several other prominent authors, has successfully applied the technique to novel writing. She currently teaches a regular Save the Cat!® Novel Writing Workshop in Los Angeles, hosted by Blake Snyder Enterprises.
“Above and beyond, Jessica is a superb teacher. She was gracious, taught clearly and with humor, built the team, and generously responded to specific manuscript questions. I’m heartily recommending her workshop to colleagues.”
– Michelle Knowlden, co-author of Unstrung with Neil Shusterman (Simon and Schuster)
The general meeting begins at 10 am, speaker/program begins at about 10:30.