I would LOVE to speak to your group! Below is a list of the workshops I’ve developed. Each is a PowerPoint presentation and runs from 90 minutes to 3 hours depending on your group’s needs. Want more information? Please email me.
CONFESSIONS OF A TV ADDICT (or Everything I Know About Writing I Learned From Watching Television)
A self-admitted TV and movie addict, I have learned how to make the most of my viewing habits. Some of my earliest memories are tied to TV and movies…it’s where my love of storytelling began. Whether you’re a fellow addict or even if you don’t own a television, after this workshop, hopefully you’ll think of television differently–and not just as a “boob tube”.
Consider this: TV can encompass everything we strive to perfect as writers. Plot, character, pacing, conflict, relationships…the list is endless. Some shows hit all the right marks while others fizzle on premiere night. What is it that makes some stories so compelling they stay on the air for years while others just don’t make the cut (ruthless network executives aside)? By examining popular (and not-so popular) shows and movies of the past and present, we’ll dive into an examination of what keeps an audience glued to their chairs…because those same elements will keep your readers glued to the page. Not a fan of network or cable TV? There are other avenues out there to explore–ones that can enhance your writing and your stories and they’re all just a remote click away!
Prepare to have fun, play some games and put your TV knowledge to the test. Don’t worry if you’re not up on all the shows. Surprises await even those not well-versed in popular culture.
VARIATIONS ON A THEME: Genre specific topics for the workshop listed above (Power Point Presentation)
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Relationships are at the heart of most TV shows and movies. Families, friendships, work environments…you’d be surprised what you can learn from your favorite (or maybe not so favorite) shows to help enrich your stories.
OUT OF THIS WORLD
An examination of popular (and not-so-popular) Science Fiction and Fantasy TV shows and feature films. From Star Wars to Game of Thrones (and everything in between–ahem! FIREFLY!)…they have a LOT to tell writers. Let the geekitude begin!
HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO
When it comes to the hero’s journey, superheroes are the best (and sometimes worst) examples of what works in storytelling. Iron Man, Thor, Green Lantern…oh, wait. Scratch the last one. This workshop will examine a multitude of characters, both super and average, and illustrate how you can make the most of your character arcs.
CRITIQUE GROUPS & PARTNERS: HOW DO THEY WORK AND ARE THEY RIGHT FOR YOU?
If you’ve ever wondered if a critique group or partner is the way to go, I’ll help you examine the ins and outs and determine if you should explore further. CPs and groups are NOT for everyone…but they can be of huge benefit…if you’re open to it.
WORLD BUILDING 101
Think world building is only for the paranormal world? Think again. The world your characters live in helps to create real, fleshed out stories that keep your readers turning the page. Includes examples from various books, TV shows and movies.
Sacramento Valley Rose Chapter of RWA
Writing Books AJ Recommends:
ON WRITING by Stephen King
GMC: GOAL, MOTIVATION, CONFLICT by Deb Dixon
MY WIP NOTEBOOK by Jeannie Ruesch
BREAK INTO FICTION by Mary Buckham and Dianna Love (esp for those who love charts and forms!)
THE CHARACTER NAMING SOURCE BOOK by Sherrilyn Kenyon
EATS, SHOOTS, AND LEAVES by Lynne Truss
SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS by Renni Browne and Dave King
SAVE THE CAT by Blake Snyder
THE EMOTION THESAURUS by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
HEROES & HEROINES: 16 MASTER ARCHETYPES by Tami D. Cowden, Caro LeFever, and Sue Viders