Storytelling Secrets

Class Information

DATE

First class starts on Monday, July 15, 2024

TIME

6 PM – 8 PM

SESSIONS

Eight Sessions – Mondays, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26 & 9/2

VENUE

Zoom (Live)

MEMBER

$36

NONMEMBER

$42

Instructor

Mark

O'Bannon

Class Description

Storytelling Secrets will dissect how to take a story from the idea stage all the way to a completed novel. Each class consists of a lecture and hands on practice. Classes can be taken individually, as a bundle of two, or as a full package. (Note: There is a discount for the bundle and package deals!)

 

Here is what you will learn in each class:

 

Class 1: Premise (7/15)

The premise for your story is much more than an idea. If you don’t get the premise right, nothing you do will work and the story will fail. In this class, you will learn how to test your story idea, how to avoid making a mistake with your premise and how to use the premise to become the foundation of a great story.

 

Class 2: Genre ( 7/22)

Genres are ready-made story forms that audiences are used to seeing. Genres affect the theme, how you write your story, and ultimately, how you sell your stories and build your author brand. In this class, you will learn how to select the right genre for your story, how to choose what other genres to add, and how to mix genres properly.

 

Class 3: Classic Story Structure (7/29)

A story is about a character that is trying to solve a problem. People tend to go through the same steps when they approach their problems. Most stories will go through these seven stages and along with the premise, these are the most important elements of storytelling. This class will teach you the keys to writing a great story.

 

Class 4: Character Flaws (8/5)

Learn how to create unforgetable characters. One of the most important tasks you have as a writer is to create one or more character flaws for your hero. These weaknesses will become the emotional wellspring of your story.

 

Class 5: Plot Techniques #1 (8/12)

Plot is one of the most underestimated skills in writing. In this class, you will learn how to setup a basic punch/counter-punch system of plot beats which will form the basic plot of your story.

 

Class 6: Plot Techniques #2 (8/19)

In this class, you will learn how to setup a revelation sequence for your story. You will then integrate these story surprises into your plot in a way that will create intense narrative drive, so that your reader will never want to put the book down.

 

Class 7: Plot Techniques #3 (8/26)

The final step in creating a unique plot for your novel is to expand the story further by adding more punches and counter-punches. Then you will integrate your genre beats into your plot. You will end up with a Scene Weave, which is a detailed outline of actions and revelations for your story.

 

Class 8: Scene (9/2)

Once you have your beat outline, now it’s time to write your story. This class will show you how to use scenes, the basic building blocks of a story, and narrative summary techniques to write your story.

 

A Fully Developed Outline

This series of classes combines lectures with hands-on writing practice. Homework assignments will be given at the end of each class. By the conclusion of this series, you’ll have a fully developed outline for your novel.

Disclaimers

Please note that you will receive your Zoom link via email 24 hours before the start of this class. If you enroll in this class less than 24 hours before it begins, please either send us a message or email us at programs@sandiegowriters.org to request your link.

 

Please be advised that it is best to register at least a week before the start of a class to help our instructors prepare and ensure that it does not get canceled or rescheduled. Policies regarding registration, refunds, cancellations, etc. can be found on our policies page. If you would like to provide feedback regarding this class, please feel free to complete an evaluation form.