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2017-07/15 Secrets of Fantasy Writing with Mark O’Bannon

Date: Saturday, July 15 2017 Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm Number of sessions: 1 -- One Day Class Members: $45 Nonmembers: $54 Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106

Learn the secrets of writing the most popular story form there is: Fantasy.
In the first part of this seminar, you’ll learn some of the advanced writing techniques used by professional writers such as J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter), J.J. Abrams (LOST) and George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones), along with the key story beats of fantasy.
A high concept premise will give you two or three scenes, but how do you develop it?
Fantasy stories are won and lost in the premise. In the next part of this seminar, you will learn how to come up with a unique idea for your story so that your tale can develop and grow deeper. You’ll learn the difference between a positive and a negative fantasy world and how this will affect the development of your story. Is your world a dream or a nightmare?
Great fantasies are really a web of characters that hang together. In the third part of this seminar, you’ll learn how to create a fantastical world and how to connect that world to your characters. You’ll discover how to create a doorway to your world, how to set up exotic arenas and how to develop cultures within your world. You will also learn how to create the all important set of magical moments that make or break a fantasy.
In the final part of the seminar, you’ll learn how to combine other genres with fantasy in unique ways. There will be a discussion on Fantastic Mysteries, Paranormal Romance, Historical Fantasy, Mythical Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Romantic Fantasy, and Heroic Fantasy.

Mark O’Bannon is an American novelist and game designer best known as the author of the fantasy series, “Shadows and Dreams.” O’Bannon has studied writing and marketing techniques extensively, and has read over 200 books on the subjects. O’Bannon has been conducting workshops, seminars and panels for authors on writing and marketing since 2007.  O’Bannon is an advocate of Self-Publishing and teaches workshops to aspiring authors on how to publish, market and promote their work. O’Bannon is the CEO of Shadowstar Games, which publishes the Interactive Storytelling Game (a Pen & Paper Role Playing Game), “Fantasy Imperium.”  Born in San Diego, California, O’Bannon is the grandson of the famous aviation pioneer, Reuben H. Fleet (who acquired the Wright Brother’s airplane company Dayton-Wright along with Gallaudet Aircraft and formed Consolidated Aircraft, the makers of the famous B-24 Liberator bombers and the PBY Catalina flying boats from WWII).

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