If you are interested in exploring plotting and structuring stories at a new depth, then I have designed an Advanced Plot and Structure Workshop looking at different, more complex ways of understanding stories. Writers, directors, producers and story executives are all welcome.

Screen stories tend to fall into sequences and it’s good to know how to understand how those sequences work, and then how to sharpen each sequence so the plot plays as well as it can. But what about stories that don’t move forward smoothly? What about stories that are non-traditional?

And how does the form shape the plotting? What’s the difference in the way the plot works in a single-protagonist story than in a multi-protagonist one?  What are the fundamental differences between genre plotting and drama plotting? Did you know that there are different kinds of plot twists that play out in different areas of the story? What are the different kinds of plot twists and when are the best times to use them?

Is it true that cinema plots work best with single protagonists whilst TV drama series work best with groups of protagonists? How does this effect the way we approach writing and developing these different kinds of story?

Finally, it’s obvious why having a good idea of your story’s overall plot structure is a good idea, but how can you use this knowledge to improve individual scenes, or groups of scenes?  What are the things a writer needs to understand about plotting before they start to write the big scenes, full of action and emotion, in their story?

The advanced Plot and Structure workshop will take your ability to analyze and understand the underlying structures of screen stories to a new level, giving you a new set of tools to apply in your everyday work.

Stephen Cleary

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