This is an overview of the Plotting Workshop offered by SoCalScribe through "The Talent Pond" . For more information on our workshop program, including a list of other workshops offered and a place for students to congregate and converse, please take a moment to check out:
Workshop Description. This workshop will give an overview of the plotting process (i.e. planning out your story) by using the participants' own concepts as the basis for discussions. Topics to be discussed include coming up with a concept, developing a basic three-act story structure from the concept, and planning out the significant events of the story. The workshop instruction will take specific concepts from the participants and discuss them in the workshop, giving participants both the chance to learn about the plotting process, as well as take away suggestions and critiques specifically for their story.
Type of Writing. Fiction. The techniques offered in this workshop can be applied to any form of narrative fiction, from short stories to novel series.
Number of Students. 12
Date and Time. Discussion forum will be Saturday, June 4th, 2011 @ noon (12pm) WdC time.
Participant Requirements. Workshop participants must a submit a logline (a one or two sentence description of the general narrative) no later than Friday, May 27th, 2011 @ 11:59pm WdC time. Please submit the item through the "Waterway Workshop - Plotting - Sign-up" survey. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis (provided their loglines match the needs of the workshop).
Class Format. Participants will submit loglines for instructor review with their request to join the workshop. The instructor will then evaluate the items and post a class roster of the participants lists and the loglines to be discussed. The instructor will then email "lecture notes" that highlight general advice and some specific tips and issues related to the process of plotting. Participants will have a week until the discussion forum, during which they can review the lecture notes, re-read the workshop loglines, etc. The discussion forum will be used to answer specific questions that participants have, either about the lecture notes or the stories themselves. By getting the lecture notes/lesson ahead of time, it will allow the discussion forum to be used for a dynamic conversation, rather than the instructor copying and pasting the lecture itself. Hopefully, we'll be able to use the discussion forum time to really hone in on the rewriting issues that matter to the participants.
Fri 5/27 - Deadline to submit items for consideration.
Mon 5/30 - Participants receive "lecture notes."
Fri 6/4 - Discussion forum.
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