Sept. 2018: Story Structure Safari 2.0

$90.00

Story Structure Safari 2.0 will guide you through the dense jungle of information about story. Our trek will include excursions into the lands of Story Structure and Transformational Character Arcs and Plot.

We’ll step back and explore the sweeping overview of several popular novels and movies to explain and reinforce the concepts. We’ll also take some intimate hikes to zoom in on the work and knowledge of plot and story structure superstars.

SKU: course-105 Category:

Instructor:  Lisa Miller

September 1-30;  Fee: $90

Each
Lesson has been updated. There are expanded and additional examples and
activities to make your Safari experience more complete and
successful. 

Beautiful
words and exciting scenes aren’t enough to propel the reader through a
novel. Stories need structure, a plan, a focus from beginning to end.

Story
Structure Safari will guide you through the dense jungle of information
about story. Our trek will include excursions into the lands of Story
Structure and Transformational Character Arcs and Plot.

We’ll
step back and explore the sweeping overview of several popular novels
and movies to explain and reinforce the concepts. We’ll also take some
intimate hikes to zoom in on the work and knowledge of plot and story
structure superstars.

Throughout
the class, I’ll share information from Story gurus including Shawn
Coyne, Lisa Cron, Martha Alderson, James Scott Bell, Robert McKee and
bestselling authors including Nora Roberts, Suzanne Collins, and Kristin
Hannah.   

Using
a variety of techniques, you’ll have opportunities to infuse these
ideas into your story, creating a tantalizing experience for the reader.

Reactions of past students:

“I only wish I did this course 10 years ago. Heck, even 1 year ago would have made a difference.”

“This
has been one of the best classes I’ve ever taken — Ever! I am so
pleased that I am pretty much ready to finalize my outline and start
writing. I struggled with Story concepts but now feel I have a much
firmer grasp than I ever have. I’ve taken Robert McKee’s Story workshop
and others, but found them very theoretical – which is great, but it
wasn’t until I was able to practically apply these concepts through the
exercises Lisa so carefully prepared that I understood what I needed to
in order to plot/write my book.”

“I
LOVED the methodology you taught and from the moment that we had
divided our novel into quadrants I was hooked. Before Safari, I had been
stuck for a couple of months with my story idea but hadn’t done
anything with it besides research (even though I’d really tried) and in
your class I realized it was because it was such a big story (first time
I’d truly tackled a full-length novel) that the idea of writing it by
the seat of my pants was very overwhelming. It was like dropping someone
into a country they’re unfamiliar with and then saying, “see you in X
town” and then leaving them there. Safari gave me a map and a compass
and a GPS device.”

“Your feedback on things was priceless. The information and the timeliness of your responses were fantastic.”

“This class was great in helping me see just where my story wasn’t working.”

“Impressed
with the calibre of this course, how the material was handled and how
it was presented. I could tell that our instructor cared about the craft
of writing and hoped to pass on her knowledge – I’m a bit of a course
junkie and had been looking for this type of course: nuts and bolts of
the how to’s, nothing skimmed over.”

Lisa,
this class went beyond my expectations. I started it feeling that I
really didn’t need the class. My story was fine. I felt that I was
taking too many classes and not focusing on my writing. I was very
wrong. I needed this class TO focus on my writing. This helped me pull
together so many weak parts of my story. I could never do outlines for
stories. Never really liked them, but this felt so loose and free like
writing should be. I am amazed at the time you dedicated to this class
and for so little money. I was bragging about this class to anyone who
would listen. Most of all, you showed me I can make time to write. It’s
all about focus and dedication and pushing yourself to be better. Lisa,
you are just a marvel. I am humbled by your wisdom, appreciative of your
time and encouraged by what you have taught. This was a well spent
month. I will miss spending so much time with you. Thank you!

“Lisa,
thank you so much for a class that has gone way beyond anything I
expected. This class has been so important for me that almost daily I
have shaken my head in wonder and pleasure at the ah-has and the
knowledge that I’ve been getting from it. It has been one of the most
exciting classes I’ve ever done! I have learned that my rather different
story of a woman’s life does fit a framework and I now have a clear
view of where I need to emphasise the developments within the framework
so that the reader can understand where they are and the significance of
those developments. This includes inserting the right text, mood, hints
etc into dialogue, action, description, narrative, the lot. It would
have been great to have taken this class a couple of years ago, but then
I wouldn’t have had the grip on my story that I have now, and this has
contributed to my excellent progress in this class.

Lisa
Miller is a retired 31-year veteran teacher, and certified counselor.
She branched out to pursue her longtime passion for writing and learning
about the elements of successful stories. She is a graduate of all
things Margie Lawson. Not always finding the writing classes she needs,
Lisa scours the internet and how-to books for self-instruction.
She funneled that knowledge into an online course and merged it with her
teaching skills in a desire to share what she has discovered with other
writers who want to strengthen their stories.

Teacher

Lisa Miller