The Search For Story

Conference Workshop

This inescapable phase of the story-building process is often (and dangerously) melded into the drafting process, which can push the criteria and benchmarks of effective storytelling behind the more visible and rewarding task (because writing is fun, right?) of generating the narrative itself.  This workshop will define and segregate all three phases of story development (the "search for story" being the first and the most critical; and yes, "drafting" is one way to get it done, but not the only way...) while culling out those criteria and benchmarks, thus empowering the remaining two phases.  This knowledge is useful even when the writer processes all three simultaneously, turning potential chaos into storytelling law and order.  The issue isn't whether you plan or pants your story... it's knowing the difference between searching for vs. the discovery of the story itself, no matter how you go about it.