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Turning Your Novel into a 3-Act Structure

Saturday, August 5, 2017
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Garden B

Here’s the good news: you’ve written your novel. So what’s the next big hurdle? If you imagine your book on the big screen, Hollywood will want a version of it that follows a three-act movie structure. Fortunately, it’s not as hard as you think. Your story probably contains a three-act structure to begin with. Robyn can help you find it and show you how to see the forest through your own fictional trees. Adapting your novel into a feature film can be illuminating, profitable, and rewarding. Robyn will explain the business end of things (What’s the deal with options? How do you pitch a take? What happens in a development call?) and the creative side (Beats vs. scenes, writing to a budget, how do you break down an act, making necessary plot changes).


Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling young adult novels The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means, which have earned numerous starred reviews, appear on many state reading lists, and are published in over a dozen countries. Both books are in development as feature films, with Robyn attached to write the screenplays. She is one of very few writers who works across film, television, and books. Her digital series Watson sold to Big Frame in 2012, and her television pilot Glamoured was set up with Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures and with Good Universe in 2013. Robyn is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where she earned a Masters of Bioethics. She lives in Los Angeles, California.