SPRING WORKSHOP with STAN WILLIAMS

The 18+ Secrets of Successful Story Structure Workshop for Screenwriters, Novelists, and other Writers of shorter works.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Presented by Stanley D. Williams, Ph.D. Hollywood and Novelist Story Consultant, and author of the classic story structure book used in Hollywood, “The Moral Premise: Harnessing Virtue and Vice for Box Office Success.”

Workshop Slides

Stan Williams presents Secrets to Successful Story Structure

Stan Williams presents Secrets to Successful Story Structure

Unique among writing and story workshops, The 18+ Secrets of Successful Story Structure with Dr. Williams, is not a collection of industry anecdotes and good but disconnected ideas, but rather a focused system of simple, practical methods that will help you design a story that will naturally and organically connect your characters and audience or readers. The key is that every character arc, every subplot, and every conflict that drives the drama, must be centered around a single, logical connected concept called the Moral Premise —the foundational concept at the heart of all successful stories. It is a principle that has been passed down from ancient times, and a principle that modern research has shown is imbued in all great stories that connect with audiences. If you ignore this principle, your story is doomed. But if you consistently apply it to each character, scene, and dramatic beat, it will empower your storytelling, and illuminate all the other techniques you bring to the craft. Bring your story ideas as we will workshop the structural elements.

All-day workshop, refreshments, and lunch included!

$100.00

Online Registration is now CLOSED

During Lunch the 2013 Rochester Writers’ Contest Awards will be Presented

8:30 – 9:00 Check-in Registration
9:00 – 10:30 Critical Story Elements
10:30-10:45 BREAK
10:45 – 12:15 Successful Structural Elements
12:15 – 1:00 LUNCH, CONVERSATION, AWARDS PRESENTED
1:00 – 2:30 Plots, Goals & Irony
2:30 – 2:45 BREAK
2:45 – 4:30 Analysis and Examples
4:30 – 5:00 Q&A and Conversation

Suggested Viewing prior to the workshop:

Movies:
DIE HARD
RATATOUILLE
PRECIOUS
THE BLIND SIDE
GRAN TORINO
THE INCREDIBLES
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
LIAR! LIAR!
WHAT WOMEN WANT
KARATE KID (with Jaden Smith & Jackie Chan)
Novel and Movie:
WHERE THE HEART IS (by Billie Letts)

Check-in will begin around 8:30 a.m. and the last session will end by 5:00 p.m.

Everything takes place in the Oakland Room of the Oakland Center on the campus of Oakland University!  OU is located on the border of Rochester Hills & Auburn Hills at this address:  2200 N Squirrel Rd, Rochester, MI 48309.  Click on the conference links to the right for further directions – thank you.