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Story Development - Plotting the Plotted Plot

It has been said that the story is the why of the adventure, while the plot is the method by which the story unfolds. In this workshop, we will spend a lot of time on the method of creating plots--your plot--for your story. We'll talk about why certain story genres generally follow certain kinds of plot structures, and why it’s good to take those apart and reuse them. Together we'll explore what is done to make a plot a plot. To do this, we will use beat sheets, step outlines, and treatments. We'll examine what structure, symbol and metaphor have to do with the plot of your story, and spend time in the story world, playing with character webs.

Through exercises, class discussion, and weekly one-on-one interactions with the instructor, you will have much a better understanding of your story's through-line.

Dates: 11/29/2012 - 12/20/2012

Time: 6:30PM to 8:30PM

Cost: $180.00 members / $205.00 non-Lighthouse members

Location: Lighthouse Writers Workshop - 1515 Race Street, Denver, CO 80206


This is a very work intensive story development class.  Bring in the project you want to work onThis is not a lecture class.This is a hands-on craft class.


Michael has completed 9 full length motion picture screenplays, including: The Enchantment, bought by Universal Pictures and The Burnbaum/Winkler Company; as well as an adaptation of Isabel Allende’s short story "Walimai" entitled Children of the Moon, in partnership with TVC - Communicazione Telavisia, Italy. Additionally, he's been hired as a contract writer by producers for their projects and currently has three projects under active development.

Before moving to Denver three years ago, he spent 33 years in Los Angeles, working in front of and behind the camera; as well as in the executive suites of the studios and production companies as a story analyst. He has coached writers and worked with directors preparing their screenplays for production, and currently is a member of the faculty at the Lighthouse Writers Workshops in Denver, where he focuses his teaching on "story development."

4 Thursdays - Starting November 29 through December 20, 2012
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM