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30-Day Outline Your Story

Discover the craft of outlining your story in this immersive workshop at L.A. Writers' Lab. Unleash the wildness of your imagination while mastering the art of story structure. Through lectures, exercises, and film analysis, unlock your protagonist's transformation and build a compelling narrative.

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  • 10 hours over 5 sessions
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  • Wed, Oct 16 at 1:00pm - 3:00pm
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Class Description


What you'll learn in this screenwriting class:


The challenge in outlining a novel, memoir, or screenplay lies in marrying the wildness of your imagination to the rigor of story structure. There is no formula to creating an outline, but there is craft involved.

In this five-week workshop, you will discover a process of connecting to the primal forces in your characters to reveal plot. Through this process, you'll discover the foundational elements that will help you to unlock the story within. The workshop includes lecture, stream-of-consciousness writing exercises and structure questions designed to help you build a compelling narrative. We will watch clips from popular films and review scenes from works of memoir and fiction to illustrate the principles.

Course Breakdown

Week One – Unlock the Story Within

Through a series of exercises, each writer will connect to the protagonist’s dilemma at the heart of the story. The dilemma is the source of the story from which all tension and conflict arise. We will explore your protagonist’s wants and needs, uncover their transformation at the climax, and discover why you are uniquely qualified to tell this story.

Week Two – Act One/Thesis

We will take a close look at the first act of your story. Through lecture, discussion, and one-on-one work, we will cover the five key stages in your protagonist’s journey, from Inciting Incident to Opposing Argument to the Decision that propels your protagonist into the second act.

Week Three – Act Two/Antithesis

In this workshop, we will explore the four key stages that your protagonist goes through, from 1) False Hope to 2) Temptation to 3) Suffering and 4) Surrender.

Week Four – Act Three/Synthesis

In this workshop we will explore the final four stages in your protagonist’s journey from

1) Accepting Reality to 

2) Taking Action to 

3) Battle Scene and finally 

4) New Equilibrium

Week Five - Completing Your Outline

In this workshop we will integrate the material covered in the previous four weeks and deepen our relationship to the process of marrying the wildness of your imagination to the rigor of story structure.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Refund Policy

  • Cancellations made at least 2 business days in advance of the class will be honored with a refund less 5% cancellation fee.
  • No refund once the workshop has begun.

In the event that an instructor or the school needs to cancel at the last minute, students will receive a refund less a 5% non-refundable registration fee.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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