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Save the Cat!® Weekend Intensive Writers Workshop – NYC
February 8, 2020 - February 9, 2020 $395
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.
ABOUT THE WEEKEND INTENSIVE WRITERS WORKSHOP
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.
THE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
- 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.
In the New York City workshops, you’ll be guided by Master Cat! Ben Frahm, the Syracuse University screenwriting professor who Blake writes about in Save the Cat! Strikes Back and who also teaches our Online Beat Sheet Workshops. Ben was a member of Blake Snyder’s Writers Group, consulted on How to Train Your Dragon, and has a film premiering in July 2018 from Warner Bros International. As a teacher and consultant, Ben has helped hundreds of writers learn Blake’s paradigm and apply it to their projects. “Ben is a go-getter with a positive attitude and a drive for success.” — Blake Snyder, Save the Cat!® Strikes Back. See Ben’s blogposts and beat sheets.
In the Los Angeles workshops, you’ll be guided by Naomi Beaty. A screenwriter and script consultant, Naomi has written projects for producers in the U.S., Taiwan, and Australia, and consulted on the 2016 Raindance Film Festival “Indie Film of the Year” winner, Selling Isobel. Earlier, Naomi worked on the other side of the development desk at Madonna and Guy Oseary’s Maverick Films. Naomi was also an editor of Save the Cat!® Goes to the Indies – The Screenwriters Guide to 50 Films from the Masters, hosts the Save the Cat® podcasts, and teaches our online workshops. “I am also thrilled to thank Naomi Beaty, brilliant researcher and writer, and the one person I can email at 3:00 a.m. to ask who said what when in nearly ANY movie!” — Blake Snyder, Save the Cat!® Goes to the Movies. See Naomi’s beat sheets, podcasts and blogs, especially her post on loglines.
“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 Catholic, Random Tropical Paradise, Total Frat Movie, Temps, and writer for Tom & Jerry TV)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
If you have any questions about the class, please contact email@example.com.