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David Gerrold

Three-Part, Full Day Lecture and Workshop
with a Multi-award Winning Master Author and Educator

David Gerrold at West Coast  Writers Conference
Based on David Gerrold's best-selling book on how to write science fiction and fantasy, "Worlds of Wonder". David Gerrold taught screenwriting at Pepperdine University for nearly twenty years. He has also conducted weekend workshops on effective writing all over the United States and England. A Hugo and Nebula award-winning author, including the beloved The Trouble With Tribbles episode of Star Trek, Gerrold has distilled his course into a special workshop for this conference.

Overview: Authorship means Taking Charge of Your Story

These workshops are presented as an interactive seminar, a candid give-and-take discussion about the heart and soul and nuts and bolts of creating a compelling experience for the reader. Whether it’s a short story, a novel, or a screenplay, the principles of effective storytelling are universal.

Your passion is the engine for your writing, but great stories come not only from great passion, but genuine commitment to getting from page one to page last. This exclusive, one-day intensive course focuses on the key elements of drama, including: structure, characterization, and style, with special emphasis on world-building. These workshops are about getting under the hood and working on the underlying mechanics of plot and character.

Session One: Story Structure 

Plot is what your characters do.

What is a story? This session is a profound examination of the nature of plot and structure as the skeleton on which all else is built. What is the relationship between the protagonist and the problem? Understanding both the physical and emotional nature of the problem unravels the essential structure of a story. After you complete this session, you will see stories in a whole new way. Your own storytelling will have a new drive and purpose.

11:00 am - 2:00 pm - Fee $ 99-129

Session Two: Characterization

Characterization is who your characters are.

How do you bring a character to life? What animates the people in a story, making them real and believable? This session reveals character as a function of a person’s emotional landscape. How does a person react to events? And why? Understanding the expression of human emotions will transform the quality of your writing. After you complete this session, you will see people in a whole new way and the people in your stories will be real and alive.

2:15 pm - 4:15 pm - Fee $ 99-129

Session Three: Style

Style is the voice of the story.

How do you create a mood? How do you evoke an emotion? How do you bring the story to life in the reader's imagination? We swim in the sea of language, never noticing how the currents move us. The master class examines the inherent power of language, how we weave our webs of words to create unique experiences in the reader's mind. After you complete this session, you will have a new relationship with your work and the creation of every sentence will be an exciting adventure.

4:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Fee $ 99-129

David Gerrold is the author of over 50 books, several hundred articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes. He has been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel, Nebula Award for Best Novel, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, Hugo Award for Best Novelette, Nebula Award for Best Novella, Nebula Award for Best Novelette, Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Fiction, Locus Award for Best Short Story, Locus Award for Best Novel, Lambda Literary Award for Horror/Science Fiction/Fantasy.  

He has also won the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award, Hugo Award for Best Novelette, Nebula Award for Best Novelette, Gaylactic Spectrum Award For Best Novel. [ Read extended bio here »

Friday January 27, 2017
11:00 am - 7± pm

Early bird Registration per workshop: $ 99 @
Week of Event tuition per workshop:   $129 @

Full Day Early Bird Registration:       $299
Week of Event Full Tuition:                       $398

DoubleTree by Hilton
Los Angeles - Westside
6161 West Centinela Avenue,
Culver City, CA 90230 [ map »
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