Monday, April 29, 2013

Writing the Rockies Conference
July 25-28, 2013
The conference welcomes beginners, published writers, screenwriters,  and anyone else who believes in the magic and power of the written word.

Set in the beautiful Gunnison Valley of the central Colorado Rockies on the campus of Western State Colorado University, the conference offers a wide range of workshops designed to provide valuable learning tools in an inspiring setting.

Workshop faculty members have a broad range of published works, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, magazine article writing, as well as industry publishing experience. Working with participants of all levels, our featured faculty will help writers hone their craft through workshops and will mix with participants during events outside of formal sessions. Talk at leisure to our scheduled agents and book publishers, or sign up for pitches.


Friday, July 26, 10-11:45 a.m.
“Screenwriting Primary School (Not everyone goes straight to film school)”
Presenter: Jack Lucido

With motion picture writing you get to play “show” and “tell.”  Every expert tells you that showing is always better that telling.  Here we’ll learn the basic tools and strategies of how best to show your characters, your core meaning, and tell your story in the visual medium of screenwriting.

Friday, July 26, 2-4 p.m.
“Writing 3-Dimensional Characters (No special glasses necessary)”
Presenter: JS Mayank
How to write characters that are memorable, fleshed-out, and relatable. How do you write a dynamic character introduction? What makes your characters come to life on the page? What are some common pitfalls and stereotypes to avoid while writing characters? We'll discuss all the above, and more... With examples from existing movies, and workshopping characters based on audience ideas.

Saturday, July 28, 10-11:45 a.m.
“What Am I Missing   (Action, voice, or story progression?)”
Presenter: Mark Schwiesow

Do your scenes move the way you want them to?  Is something really happening on each page?  Learn simple tips for writing crisp, evocative action to keep your story moving.  Do all of your characters sound the same, as if the same person wrote them all?  See how to differentiate your characters’ voices. Are elements missing that are keeping your script from being as good as you first imagined?  Learn to incorporate those unexpected twists to keep your story exciting and unique. 

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