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RESCHEDULED TO JAN 2024 – Screenwriting Concepts a Novelist Can Use


Instructor: Sally J Walker
Start Date: Oct 2, 2023 – NEW Start Date: Jan 8, 2024
End Date: Oct 30, 2023 – NEW End Date: Feb 2, 2024
USD Fee: $15 HHRW Members/$25 Non-Members

Every writer needs to study a variety of writing disciplines to evolve their work into the best it can be. Each form has a lesson to teach, from the vivid imagery of poetry to nonfiction’s required precision to the short story’s focus on a single event in a complex life. Screenwriting can teach a fiction writer the value of tight narrative, carefully orchestrated plotting and multi-layered, crisp dialogue while focusing on story and character through visual imagery. You will be delighted to find this eight-session introductory course can “enlarge your territory” and take your storytelling skills to heights you never imagined.

Course Outline:
Session One: Fundamentals of Storytelling & “No New Stories”
Session Two: Movie Paradigm at Work in a Novel
Session Three: Characterization, Dramatic vs. Novelistic
Session Four: Using Rules of Cinematic Dialogue
Session Five: Building Narrative Action Scene-by-Scene
Session Six: Methods for Easier Adaptation Either Way
Session Seven: Genre by Genre Film & Novel Comparisons
Session Eight: Less-is-More Revision Techniques

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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.

Sally J Walker


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