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06/29 How to Write Good: Masterclass w/ John Vorhaus

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2013 Time: 10am to 4pm Number of sessions: 1 -- One day class! Members: $90 Nonmembers: $108 Location: Ink Spot, 710 13th St, Studio 210, San Diego, CA 92101

LET YOUR WRITING LIFE RISE!

With tongue planted firmly in cheek, and full knowledge of the grammatical faux pax, John Vorhaus promises that he can help you write good. By exploding your notion of what good writing is – or even what proper grammar – is, Vorhaus will prepare you to make the most of your creative gifts, and make your writing – any writing at all – easier, more effective, and a lot more fun.

If you’re looking for the path to take your writing to the next level, and the wherewithal to do so, this is one masterclass you simply won’t want to miss.

Are you flattered that it’s called a masterclass? It’s a term John Vorhaus picked up overseas, where he has spent more than a quarter of a century teaching and training television and film writers in the far corners of the globe. In his journeys he has learned so many useful strategies for writing good, strategies like:

  • ·         IF YOU MUST FAIL, FAIL BIG
  • ·         KEEP GIVING THEM YOU UNTIL YOU IS WHAT THEY WANT
  • ·         PUT YOUR HEART WHERE EVERYONE CAN SEE IT
  • ·         PUBLISHING IN THE POST-PAPER WORLD

He has also learned the secret of simple, effective storytelling, the understand that everything in writing centers on the Pivot, a new piece of information that changes a character’s emotional state. With math-like simplicity, Vorhaus will show you:

  • ·         HOW TO IDENTIFY THE PIVOT
  • ·         WHAT SORT OF INFORMATION TO PUT TO WORK
  • ·         HOW TO DETERMINE THE PRIOR EMOTIONAL STATE
  • ·         HOW TO CREATE THE NEW EMOTIONAL STATE

This is a storytelling strategy that works for every sort of writing on any scale, from a limerick to a lengthy tome. And remember, story is easy: Just never have anything happen as planned. 

Some are born writers. Some achieve writing. Some have writing thrust upon them. John Vorhaus believes that most writers are addicts – hopelessly hooked on the creative act. He thinks there are good reasons – profound reasons – for this addiction, but also knows that that’s really not the point. If you have to write, you have to write. And you’d kind of like to do it kind of well. If you want to do it better than you ever have before, lock up your seat in the masterclass now.

johnJohn Vorhaus is the author of the comedy-writing classic, The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You’re Not, plus Creativity Rules! the little book of SITCOM, seven outstanding novels, and too damn many poker books to count. An accomplished scriptwriter and screenwriter, with credits stretching back to Married… with Children, he is also an international creative consultant, and has taught and trained writers in 32 countries on five continents (at last count). Those who have caught John’s past presentations will tell you that a day with this enlightening and empowering instructor is simply not to be missed. John tweets for no apparent reason @TrueFactBarFact, and secretly controls the world from www.johnvorhaus.com.

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