. . .or if you know someone who is, you will want to make note of a great seminar coming up the first weekend in June in Los Angeles. It’s the Novel and Screenwriting Intensive, taught by writer and teacher extraordinaire, James Scott Bell. Jim is a gifted writer and writer’s mentor- and a good friend. And I can’t wait to go.
The thing about writing is, you never stop learning how to pull it off better. There’s a lot to putting a great story down on paper. And I am finding that the more times I do it, the harder it gets, not easier. Each time I write a book, I set the bar higher for the next one and yet I still start at the same place when I begin it. A blank screen and whole lot of nothin’. A daunting place to start from, actually. Plus, the market for stories is always in a state of flux. While I am writing I have to be aware that I am not just telling a story, I am telling a story that needs to sell so that I can write the next one! There is an art to writing a story (or screenplay) that is irresistible. My friend Jim is going to share his paintbrushes and tell us how it’s done.
Here are just a few things Jim says (right from the website, folks) we will learn:
Writing seminars are wonderful investments into your writer’s toolbox, especially when you consider they are far more intimate than conferences. The experience is much more individualized. Even after writing a dozen novels, I can’t wait to be refreshed and re-energized to write the next one.
Check it out here: http://novelandscreenplayintensive.wordpress.com/the-seminar/
Hope to see you there. . .