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Using Screenplay Structure To Write About Life During the Pandemic

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
3:00 pm  to 5:00 pm EST
via ZOOM

Expanding on last week’s webinar, We’ll reprise the techniques, new students will make up a story, and returning students will learn how to expand the story into a short story, TV Pilot, movie or book.

We’ve been living in a science fiction movie since the Coronavirus has shut us down. We urgently need to process our recent experiences, regain emotional balance, and now move forward with strength and purpose. Humans have used storytelling to understand their experience since the first cavemen sat around a campfire. The Zoom meeting has become our new “Campfire.” Making meaning of our lives through storytelling is our first need once our basic survival is secured.

There are important similarities between screenplay story structure and how we actually organize and understand real life experience, for example, our need for a story to have a beginning, middle and end. We’re all hardwired for story and learning a little craft results in a satisfying experience for both writer and reader. In this webinar, you’ll learn my easy method for building good stories and then how to create short 1-2 paragraph stories, quickly and well. The Webinar will be in three parts:

1. We’ll reprise my easy method of story creation
2. New participants will structure and write a paragraph story. Returning participants will develop the stories they created in the previous webinar.
3. We’ll read some of them aloud to the group.

Please email me at if you’d like to attend, and you’ll receive an invitation to join.


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