Hearts Through History Romance Writers

Painfree Synopsis Writing – May ’24


Instructor: Sally J Walker
Start Date: Monday, May 6, 2024
End Date: Friday, May 31, 2024
Type: Online
Duration: 4 Weeks
USD Fee: $15 HHRW Members/$25 Non-Members

Novelists and Dramatists need to be able to summarize their stories in succinct 1-4 page synopsis format for marketing purposes. Do you know how to take that 60,000-100,000 word masterpiece to a mere 500 words and maintain the vigor, and enthralling intensity of character and plot? Since busy agents, editors and producers REQUIRE a synopsis, you better know how to create one that will hold their attention!
Course Outline:
Session One: Think Summary & Signposts
Session Two: Start with Invaluable Log Line
Session Three: Who is the Main Character, the Antagonist & the Person who Arcs?
Session Four: Paradigm/Spine-of-the-story, One Sentence at a Time
Session Five: What to Delete
Session Six: Write JUST the Beginning and the Ending Paragraphs
Session Seven: Write Three Paragraphs of Rising Action BETWEEN Beginning & Ending
Session Eight: Revise for Vivid & Vital Images & Action
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About the Instructor:

Sally Walker’s published credits include literary, romance and western novels, a nonfiction essay collection, several creative writing textbooks, stage plays, poetry, and many magazine articles on the craft of writing, including staff contributions to two international film magazines for 10 years. Sally has written 33 screenplays, sold 1, and has Hollywood representation. In addition to long time active memberships in such national writing organizations as RWA, WWA, and SCBWI, she was president of a state-wide writers organization 2007-2011 and is active in the Nebraska Film Association. While keeping to a strenuous writing schedule, she worked as Editorial Director for a small publishing company for 18 years. Besides being an adjunct professor of screenwriting at a local community college, Sally has taught writing seminars, both on-site and on-line, for over 30 years and is the facilitator for the weekly meetings of the Nebraska Writers Workshop in Ralston, NE.

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