Cynthia Whitcomb on How to Craft Love Stories for Fiction and Film & Dialogue for Screenwriters and Novelists, Oct. 5

Southern Oregon Willamette Writers Monthly Meeting presents: 

Screenwriting Pro Cynthia Whitcomb on How to Craft Love Stories for Fiction and Film (morning) and Writing Dialogue for Screenwriters and Novelists (afternoon)CynthiaWhitcomb

When: Sat., October 5, 2013  Where: Central Point City Hall Council Chambers 140 So. 3rd Street, Central Point, Oregon

Cynthia Whitcomb worked for more than 30 years in film and television, has sold over 70 feature-length scripts, and created roles for actors, such as Ellen Burstyn, Martin Sheen, Gena Rowlands, Anjelica Huston, and Jason Robards.  She taught at UCLA Film School and has been nominated for Emmy, Cable Ace, Writers Guild, Edgar Allan Poe, and Oregon Book Awards.  She is now a full time playwright. She was president of Willamette Writers for 18 years and lives in Wilsonville, Oregon.

Morning Session: (Free to members-$10.00 for visitors) 10:00-12:00.

How to Craft Love Stories for Fiction and Film:

  • The Cute Meet
  • The Crack (in the shells around us that allow us to fall in love)
  • The Obstacle
  • Why You?  (Twins, Opposites, Life Force and Sleepwalking characters, Soul Mates)

Afternoon Session: ($30 for members, $35 for non-members) 1:30-4:30. Pre-registration requested and suggested. Space is limited. This event may sell out.

Writing Dialogue for Screenwriters and Novelists: Tips from 40 years of writing dialogue

  • Three beats
  • Hiding Exposition
  • Less Words Equals More Emotion – What Six Words to Always Cut
  • Avoiding Cliches & Generalities-The Power of Specificity
  • Using Symbolic Language
  • The A, B and C Draft
  • Slang and Dialect
  • The Juno Effect

Cynthia will show examples from DVDs of films throughout.

HOW: Preregistration is requested. Space is limited. To pre-register and hold your place: Contact Carol Ovenburg at


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