Schedule: Your First Draft with Pilar Alessandra

When: March 18th and 19th (Sat / Sun) 2017

Where: Regents University, Regents Park, London

How Much: £159


SATURDAY 8.45am REGISTRATION

Collect your pass and meet other delegates... The adventure begins!


9.00am Breaking the story

We brainstorm story from character, event and premise.  Story and log line templates help you make decisions about what story you want to tell and how you’re going to tell it.



11.00am (30 mins)

Coffee and Networking



11.30am Finding the structure

It’s not as difficult as you think. And we don’t adhere to common structural rules. Instead, a simple structure tool helps you see the big picture and encourages you to experiment with the time-line. 



1.00pm (60 mins)

 Lunch and Networking



2.00pm Adding story beats

We break your four-column structure into beats and use set-up and pay-off to help you mine for story gold.  Before long an actual outline begins to take shape.



4.00pm (30 mins)

Coffee and Networking



4.30pm Discovering scenes

We dig into character to expand story and create new scenes.  We also make stock genre moments feel new by adding a “fresh take” to the scenes.   Add these scenes to your beat-sheet and your outline is complete.  Overnight assignment:  WRITE YOUR OUTLINE!


6.00pm Saturday ends

And time to network.



9.00am SUNDAY - The speed draft

Get ready to cruise through a rough first draft by working solely around scene intention.  What has to be on the page and why?



11.00am (30 mins)

Coffee and Networking



11.30am The craft

 

We take a hard look at word choice, spacing of the page and writing style to help smooth out the edges of your rough draft.



1.00pm (60 mins)

 Lunch and Networking



2.00pm The dialogue

Mastering dialogue is mastering the “power game” of the scene.  No empty chatter here; just agenda-driven dialogue that keeps the reader’s attention and moves story forward.



4.00pm (30 mins)

Coffee and Networking



4.30pm Your writing path

A discussion of the writing challenges ahead and ways to work toward a rewrite.  Questions encouraged.   Assignment :  WRITE YOUR SCRIPT!


6.00pm Close