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Almost Everything a Beginning Writer Needs to Know & SAVE THE CAT!Â®
OCC/RWA Chapter Meeting: Saturday, January 12, 2012
First-time guests are $10
Doors open @ 9 a.m.
Ask-an-Author: Jackie Diamond & Debra Mullins
Author First Chapter Critique:
MORNING SESSION: CHRISTINE ASHWORTH
â€œAlmost Everything a Beginning Writer Needs to Knowâ€ Christine Ashworth is a native of Southern California. The daughter of a writer and a psych major, she fell asleep to the sound of her father’s Royal manual typewriter for years. In a very real way, being a writer is in her blood-her father sold his first novel before he turned forty; her brother sold his first book before he turned twenty-five.
At the tender age of seventeen, Christine fell in love with a man she met while dancing in a ballet company. She married the brilliant actor/dancer/painter/music man, and they now have two tall sons who are as scintillating as their parents, keeping the dinner conversation lively.
Christine’s two dogs rule the outside, defending her vegetable garden from the squirrels, while a polydactyl rescue cat holds court inside the house. Everything else is in a state of flux, leaving her home life a cross between an improv class and a think-tank for the defense of humans against zombies.
AFTERNOON SESSION: JESSICA BRODY
â€œSAVE THE CAT!Â®â€
In a special RWA OC Chapter appearance, Jessica will guide authors through the steps of using Blake Snyder’s SAVE THE CAT!Â® screenwriting method to create engaging stories, compelling character arcs, and unputdownable novels. A majority of the workshop will focus on breaking down of the heart of the SAVE THE CAT!Â® 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. Come join us for this fun and informative workshop that is sure to inspire you and leave you itching to get home and start writing!
*Note: The SAVE THE CAT!Â®Methodology comes from a book by the same title by Blake Snyder. If you want a head start, please feel free to check it out before the event. Click here to order it on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/savethecatbook
Jessica Brody is the international bestselling author of five teen and women’s fiction novels including THE KARMA CLUB, 52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER and the first book in a forthcoming YA Sci-Fi/Romance trilogy, UNREMEMBERED. Her books have been translated and published in over 15 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!Â®, 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!Â® Novel Writing Workshop in Los Angeles, hosted by Blake Snyder Enterprises.
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