2017 SinC/LA Workshops
NETWORKING FOR WRITERS
May 20, 1–3 p.m.
Patio Room, Faith Presbyterian Church
5000 Colfax Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91601
Most writers hate to network, but we all know how important the process it is, and perhaps none better than LAURA BRENNAN, host of Destination Mystery, a weekly podcast featuring interviews with mystery writers from all over the country. A skilled interviewer and successful author with an eclectic background in print, television, and film, Brennan understands what it takes to open new doors for authors looking to promote themselves. This two-hour networking workshop will include tips on interviewing, meeting new people, how to stimulate conversation and, most important, how to follow up.
JULY 22: WRITING DIALOG
SinC/LA proudly presents GEORGIA JEFFERIES, tenured professor of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, for this instructive class on dialog. Students will be asked to bring a 2–3-page printed scene from a script with dialog, to share, “cast” and read aloud in a workshop setting. The focus will be on how to create “less is more” dialogue, the character-revealing “iceberg” scene, and how to avoid exposition by delivering information through dramatic conflict.
NOVEMBER 18: HOW DOES CHARACTER DRIVE PLOT?
Author, actress, and popular voice-over artist, PETREA BURCHARD, brings a wealth of talent and knowledge to SinC/LA’s final workshop of the year. Learn how a character’s physical descriptions (appearance, quirks, dialects, etc.) helps advance the story without detracting from it. How are these choices motivated? Bring paper, pen, and a character sketch of your main character, and be ready for some fun (and challenging!) brainstorming with Petrea Burchard from the Story Kitchen workshops.