Write a Blockbuster!

Secrets to Successful Modern Fiction, Memoir, & Screenplay Tell a Friend about this Course There are elements in common to all blockbusters, regardless of genre, that can be identified and mimicked. This class dissects modern bestsellers like Eat, Pray, Love, The Hunger Games series, or Wild, to discover the repeatable elements that all successful manuscripts have in common. Read More …

Plotting a Novel

Plotting a Novel, Memoir, or Screenplay: The Structure That Holds It All Together Mythic structure can be found in almost every myth worldwide from ancient times to modern-day blockbusters, like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Avatar. This structure creates compelling stories and provides organization, giving you an essential tool for plotting a novel, memoir, or Read More …

He Said, She Said: How to Write Realistic Dialogue

Writing dialogue — realistic dialogue anyway — doesn’t always come easily.  Done well, dialogue advances the story and fleshes out the characters while providing a break from exposition.  It takes time to develop a good ear, but learning the simple rules and obvious pitfalls that you’ll learn in this workshop can make a huge difference.  Read More …

Plotting Your Novel, Memoir, or Screenplay

Mythic structure can be found in almost every myth worldwide from ancient times to modern-day blockbusters, like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Avatar. This structure creates compelling stories and provides organization, giving you an essential tool to complete a novel, memoir, or screenplay. Students will learn about the 12 stages of the hero’s journey and Read More …