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2018-01/28 Story Structure with Mark O’Bannon

Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018 Time: 10am to 1pm Number of sessions: One Day Only! Members: $45 Nonmembers: $54 Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, Arts District Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, #202-204, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106

Professional writers use fundamentally different techniques than average writers.

According to John Truby, the premier story consultant in Hollywood, ninety percent
of screenplays and eighty percent of novels are rejected because of poor structure.

This means that one of the most important things you will ever learn as a writer is how to structure a story.

In this class you will learn:

How the technology of writing has changed the business
Why three acts will kill your story
The seven steps of classical story structure
How genres affect structure
How to mix genres
How to design a unique structure for each story
Multi-strand plotlines


Mark O'Bannon

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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