STORYTELLING THRU THE ANXIETY CURVE

Keyword: TRRW April  2019—Workshop ***PERMISSION TO FORWARD*** Three Rivers Romance Writers April Workshop: STORYTELLING THRU THE ANXIETY CURVE Price: TRRW Members – $15 RWA Members – $25 Non-RWA Members – $35 DATES:  Every Monday and Thursday during April starting Monday April 1st and ending on Thursday April 25th “Storytelling thru the Anxiety Curve” Living Creatures survive because they respond to threats to their status quo. Human beings have the capacity to reason HOW they need to respond by considering the potential consequences of their choices. Stress causes many degrees of anxiety according to the person’s awareness of those consequences. Thus human beings function somewhere on “The Anxiety Curve” with uncaring Apathy at one end and totally thoughtless Panic at the other. Normal humans day-in, day-out swing from one side of the curve to the other, never lingering, always seeking balance that has been disrupted by change. But the magic of good storytelling is that the writer can REALLY disrupt the balance and challenge the character. The responses to that challenge is the story. Lesson One: Basic Concepts of Character Anxiety Lesson Two: Developing Lead Character Anxiety Lesson Three: Supporting Cast & Subplot Anxiety Lesson Four: Pacing the Anxiety-Ridden Plot Lesson Five: Problem-solving Problem Areas Lesson Six: Applying the Anxiety Curve to Your WIP Lesson Seven: Q & A Lesson Eight: Review & Conclusion Instructor Bio: 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. Her most recent novel, a romantic suspense, BIKES AND BADGES, will be released late in 2019. Under the mentorship of UCLA’s renowned Lew Hunter, Sally has written 33 screenplays 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. For more information on her works and classes go to her website at http://www.sallyjwalker.com Sally J. Walker Adjunct Professor, Screenwriting, mccneb.edu Script Supervisor, Misty Mountain Productions Workshop Facilitator, www.nebraskawritersworkshop.info My website: www.sallyjwalker.com
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