Save the Cat!® Weekend Intensive Writers Workshop – Minneapolis

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Save the Cat!® Weekend Intensive Writers Workshop – Minneapolis

March 7 - March 8


Our Writers Workshop is like no other writing intensive. You’ll walk in on Saturday morning with your own idea for a film or novel, and leave on Sunday evening with the 15 key beats that will serve as the foundation of your screenplay or novel.

Your instructor is J.J. Austrian. J.J. grew up in New England, was named a Connecticut Young Playwright in high school, and graduated with a B.A. in Theater from Bard College. He worked in Los Angeles as a coordinator of current programming at Fox Television before returning to the East Coast, where he met his wife at a Halloween party. She married him a few years later, in spite of his costume choice. J.J. took Beat Sheet Workshops taught by Blake Snyder and frequently conferred with Blake. After moving to Minnesota, J.J. earned his MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University. His acclaimed picture book, Worm Loves Worm, received a 2017 Minnesota Book Award and was a Charlotte Huck Award Honoree for Outstanding Fiction for Children.


March 7
March 8


Scout Workshop
2744 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis,MN55408United States
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Learner – Save the Cat!® Weekend Intensive Writers Workshop – Minneapolis – March 7 & 8
Learner – Save the Cat!® Weekend Intensive Writers Workshop – Minneapolis – March 7 & 8
$ 395.00
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Over the course of a weekend, you will:

  • Learn the difference between a pitch and a logline, and why you must nail each one.
  • Lock down your logline with the Save the Cat! mini-story template to get out of any logline jam.
  • Learn the 15 key beats found in any story to make yours resonate with what is “primal.”
  • Crack the “Magical Midpoint”—the secret of every story’s power.
  • Find out why the Opening Image and the Final Image are your way to “doublecheck the math” of a hero’s transformation.
  • Practice your pitch and improve your technique in front of a friendly group of fellow writers eager to help you succeed.
  • Network with other writers.



  • Find your story according to Blake’s four elements of every successful logline.
  • Crack your story and your hero’s transformation with the Opening Image, Midpoint, and Final Image.


  • “Beat out” the remaining beats of your story using the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet (the BS2).
  • Pitch your story to the class using the 15 key beats every successful movie must have.


“If I had to come up with a simple and poignant way to describe it, I’d call it the only workshop that you’ll ever find in Hollywood that encourages your story’s individuality.”
— Ebony Jones in her review on Coverage, Ink. Read Ebony’s entire review.

“I loved taking the Save the Cat! workshop with Ben in NYC. I was working on my second Lemoncello book at the time and it went on, after great input at the seminar, to become a New York Times best seller. In fact, I use what I learned from Ben and STC! in all the middle grade novels I write…and one, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, even became a movie on Nickelodeon last fall! Thanks, Ben!” — Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times best-selling author

“Whether you’re aspiring to start your first screenplay or you’re an established writer looking to work out some new material, the Save the Cat! workshop offers tools for success. Early in my career, Ben and STC! helped my understanding of story structure, which is information I still use every day on every draft of every script I write.” — Jordan Gershowitz, screenwriter and producer, Warner Bros, Disney, and Nickelodeon (The Good CatholicRandom Tropical ParadiseTotal Frat MovieTemps, and writer for Tom & Jerry TV)


  1. Should you choose to cancel, a full refund will be given if a written cancellation notice sent by the registrant is received by Blake Snyder Enterprises, LLC 10 days or more prior to the event.
  2. Registrants canceling less than 10 days prior to the event will not receive a refund, but they will receive a $100 credit for a future Blake Snyder Enterprises, LLC workshop or seminar.
  3. Blake Snyder Enterprises, LLC reserves the right to cancel an event at any time for unforeseen circumstances or emergencies and will give as much advance notice as possible. Should that occur, Blake Snyder Enterprises, LLC will send the registrant a full refund. If Blake Snyder Enterprises, LLC does cancel, it will not be liable for trip cancellation expenses, such as travel or hotel arrangements.

*A writing team working on a single project will be counted as a single writer at a special fee. If you write with a partner, email BJ Markel for a special price.

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