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The 101 of Story — Truth and Myth within The Storytelling Proposition

Friday, August 4, 2017
8:00 am - 9:30 am
St. Helen’s B

Nobody likes to wear the label of the “new writer,” but we all start there, and too often, some writers remain stuck there. That sticking point has to do with lacking a full grasp of the comprehensive nature of “story,” versus a first-look, quick-hit, reader-level framing of the storytelling proposition. “Story,” at the level required of successful novelists and screenwriters, is a multi-component proposition, that nature of which is sometimes confused with conflicting or unclear jargon (“concept” versus “premise,” for example) and a diverse point of view among even the most successful authors.  This workshop seeks to clarify the storytelling playing field with an introduction to criteria-based story vetting and development, moving toward a clearer command of the forces of storytelling that resonate with readers, agents and publishers,, with a dose of myth-busting thrown in to clarify the nature of the game. Once you see these story essences and elements you cannot unsee them, however you choose to apply them going forward. Either way, you’ll learn the stuff that the pros may not talk about, but always seek to leverage within their stories.


Larry Brooks
Larry Brooks is the author of three books on writing fiction, including the bestseller Story Engineering and the award-winning Story Physics. He is also the USA Today best-selling author of six critically acclaimed thrillers and the creator of the award-winning website Storyfix.com, named six years running by Writer’s Digest magazine in their annual “101 Best Websites for Writers” list.