“Got an idea for a novel or a movie? Great! So now what do you do next?
“Roll up your sleeves and start mapping it out,” says Kate. “Learn how to take your readers – or your audience – on a carefully crafted adventure with compelling characters, intriguing conflicts, and well-timed surprises that will keep them engaged from the first page to the last.”
“Each story is a world unto itself, and it’s so easy to spend a lot of time writing, only to discover you’ve gone down a dead end and are now miles from where you want to be. It’s fine to go off road sometimes, but you should always know how to get back on the right path. A story map is like a GPS. It’s a way to keep your structure solid and your pacing tight.”
“We’ll explore storytelling strategies across a number of genres, how to introduce the key components, and how & when to add the pinches and twists that keep your audience entertained from the first page to the last.”
Whether you’re a beginning writer or are already working on a novel or screenplay, bring your idea, and plan to leave at the end of the day with a new improved sense of how to take that story from its first moment straight on through to a satisfying destination.
Kate Montgomery wrote, directed and produced the Sundance indie feature Christmas in the Clouds, which won top honors at festivals in Austin, Santa Fe, Vancouver, Philadelphia and Ft. Lauderdale, and endorsements from Oprah Winfrey & Roger Ebert. She executive produced the micro-indie, Ever Since the World Ended, which won at the SF Indie Fest and the London Sci-Fi Film Festival. She has optioned & sold screenplays to producers and studios in the US, Canada and UK, and works for hire as a script editor and production consultant. Her current feature projects include the Italian romantic comedy Pane Vine, and the western Stealing Lily, for which she also wrote the adaptation. She has taught screenwriting to first & second year film students at the Weengushk Film Institute, where participants developed original stories from concept to camera-ready scripts.