Friday, 28 January 2011

The Story Mastery Seminar & Workshop

Are you looking for that one seminar or workshop that will put it all together for you and get your writing noticed?  Well 2011 is your lucky year and March is the month it will happen for you!

On Saturday, 12 March (9:00am-5:00pm), renowned Hollywood script and story consultant Michael Hauge, 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 present 
The Story Mastery Seminar.  

This is his unique approach to creating compelling fiction and to eliciting emotion in readers. Using clips from recent blockbuster love stories and romantic comedies, along with hands on exercises, Michael will help you strengthen your story concepts, plot structure, love stories, character development and themes.

Workshop alumni Barbara Hannay and Marion Lennox had this to say about Michael’s unique brand of romance writing teaching…

"The Michael Hauge workshop I attended in Melbourne last year was inspirational! I don't think I've ever encountered a clearer analysis of the romance genre.  

In many ways Michael tells us what we already know, that eliciting emotion is key, that characters must grow and change, that we must be brave enough to tackle REALLY STRONG conflict.

However, Michael’s precise explanations and his extremely helpful examples turn on light bulb after light bulb. Romance writers at every level of experience will be excited by his insights."  

Barbara Hannay is a multi-published, award-winning, bestselling author of thirty-seven novels published in over twenty-five languages worldwide.  Her new release Molly Cooper’s Dream Date (Mills & Boon) is in stores NOW—February 2011.

"After more than eighty published novels, you'd think I know stuff.  Sadly for me, I simply write stuff and hope.  Some of it works.  A whole lot ends up as trash.   One value packed seminar with Michael, however,  and I finally have insight into why my writing's hit and miss.   Michael's discussion of identity and essence, his guidance through steps in developing story, his reassurance that formula is my friend, these were all eye-openers.  Light bulbs exploded, left and centre.  His workshop left me feeling like I'm about to waste a whole lot less time, and I can't recommend his teaching highly enough." 

Double RITA and RUBY winner, Marion Lennox, is a best-selling author with over 80 romances published with Harlequin Mills & Boon!  Watch out for her upcoming releases--Abby and the Bachelor Cop (Mills & Boon April 2011) and Misty and the Single Dad (Mills & Boon April 2011).

In addition to The Story Mastery seminar on Saturday, Michael will also be presenting 
The Story Mastery Workshop 
especially for RWA members!  Each of the twelve participants in this unique event will submit a 1-2 page outline of a novel or screenplay, which will be read in advance by Michael and all the other participants*. During the workshop Michael will provide individual guidance to each member of the group, followed by some group discussion of each of the projects. Particular attention will be paid to applying Michael’s principles for story concept, plot structure, character arc, love stories, underlying theme and commercial potential, and to helping each writer realize his or her personal vision for the story.

*This event may run overtime in order to cover all individual works.  Participants email addresses will be provided to the entire group, and outlines must be submitted no later than 10 days prior to the event. It is understood that participants agree to read everyone else’s work prior to commencement of the day.

Costs—Saturday only:  RWA Members $150; Non-members  $200
Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only)
Saturday and Sunday: $375

Hurry enrolment is limited!
If you only attend one writing seminar this year, make it this one!
Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn
from one of the industry’s best! 

*Thanks to Dana Scully for the information*

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