On Saturday, September 28, 2013
Jessica Brody, speaker and novelist,
covered the topic on
"Save the Cat for Novelists."®
In a unique and engaging presentation, Jessica guided authors through the steps of using Blake Snyder's SAVE THE CAT!® story structure method to create engaging stories, compelling character arcs, and unputdownable novels. A majority of the presentation was focused on breaking down the heart of the SAVE THE CAT!® methodology: the "Blake Snyder Beat Sheet". These 15 "beats" (or plot points) are the key ingredients that make up ANY successful story and that no good novel should be without. Through examples from popular novels, films, and her own books, Jessica demonstrated how the 15 beats can be used to turn a new story idea into a full-length, compelling book outline, helped us crack our most recent rewrite, fixed broken plotlines, or jumpstarted us out of the dreaded writer's block. This fun and informative workshop inspired attendees and left us itching to get home and start writing!
Jessica Brody is the international bestselling author of seven young adult and women's fiction novels including THE KARMA CLUB, 52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER and UNREMEMBERED, the first book in a new YA Sci-Fi/Romance trilogy. Her books have been translated and published in over 15 countries and several have been optioned for film and TV. She contributes her success (and her nine contracted novels to date) to her use of the story-writing methodology, SAVE THE CAT!®, created by screenwriter Blake Snyder and widely used by screenwriters, directors, producers, and studio executives. Originally intended for screenplays, Jessica, along with several other prominent authors, has successfully applied the technique to novel writing. She currently teaches a regular Save the Cat!® Novel Writing Workshop in Los Angeles, hosted by Blake Snyder Enterprises.
Please check back in several months
to see what is being planned for the
2014 Fall Harvest Workshop.