Skip to main content

Why Do You Want To Write? - UPDATED - Writing Workshop & Webinar, Saturday Nov 19, 2011

Photograph: Alexander Chow-Stuart.
On Saturday November 19, 2011, from 10:30am-12 noon (Pacific Standard Time), I will be hosting a 90-minute screenwriting and creative writing workshop and webinar, called Why Do You Want To Write?

This really is the essential question any writer faces each time they sit down at their computer, notebook or typewriter (I think there are still a few typewriter holdouts:)

The location for the workshop is the Meeting Room of the Starbucks at The Junction, 13761 Mono Way, Sonora, CA 95370.

Telephone 310-383-7562 for more details - or email: tranquilbuddha@gmail.com

Tickets for the workshop are $20, or $10 if you're a student. Please email me in advance to reserve seating.

The live webinar costs $10 in the US and £10 in Britain and Europe (all webinar payments via PayPal to Alexander Stuart at tranquilbuddha@gmail.com).

The time of the live webinar obviously varies from place to place:


On the West Coast, it is 10:30am-12 noon PST.


On the East Coast, it is 1:30pm-3pm EST.


In Britain, it is 6:30pm-8pm GMT (please check local times for the rest of Europe).

The workshop will explore writing from the first spark of an idea, through essential character and story development, to key aspects of narrative structure, including maintaining plot and character arcs and the challenge of the middle act.

In addition to authoring eight books (fiction, non-fiction and children's books) and working as a screenwriter and executive producer on various movies - including Tim Roth's multi-award-winning film of my novel, The War Zone - I have worked one-on-one developing scripts with major actors and directors, including Jodie Foster, Angelina Jolie, Kiefer Sutherland, Jonathan Glazer and Danny Boyle.

I also taught graduate-level screenwriting for three years at the University of Miami and have hosted creative writing workshops, such as at the prestigious Arvon Foundation in Devon, England.

I hope you can join me for the workshop - in person or online. If you're interested, please watch the video on this blog of my talk about Screenwriting For Hollywood and Independents at Film Fest Twain Harte.

The webinar is via Cisco WebEx and is compatible with all platforms, including Mac, PC, Linux, iPhone and iPad. For the iPhone and iPad you need to download a free app; for computer operating systems, you need to ensure that your computer has the Adobe Flash Player and, if a PC, ActiveX installed.

If you are joining us for the webinar, please pay via PayPal and email me at: tranquilbuddha@gmail.com

Closer to the date, you will receive an email with a link for the webinar. No password is required, just click on the link at the appropriate time.

Thanks - and see you on November 19!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The High Tower Apartments and The Long Goodbye

This beautiful apartment complex in Los Angeles is called the Hightower or High Tower Complex (the High Tower name refers to the central elevator, I believe), and was designed in 1935-1936 by architect Carl Kay - and made famous in 1973 by my favorite film, Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye (see Why I Love Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye).


Although Altman used the building as Philip Marlowe's apartment in his somewhat post-modern Long Goodbye (the film plays with references to Old Hollywood and opens and closes with the song, Hooray For Hollywood), the building has another direct connection to Raymond Chandler.


It was apparently the inspiration for Chandler in his book, The High Window (the first Chandler novel I ever read), in which Chandler describes the residence of Philip Marlowe as being on the cliffs above High Tower Drive in a building with a fancy elevator tower. (Thanks to the Society of Architectural Historians Southern California Chapter webpage for that.) 


This ph…

Andrew Hale and Sade

On Thursday evening, we saw our longtime friend Andrew Hale perform with Sade at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, in one of the most beautifully conceived and produced concert performances I have ever seen.

Sade is a rare musician, in that she and the band only write, record and tour every eight to ten years, so that in a very real sense you can measure your life by her.

The band's music is always fresh and always newly conceived - for their previous album, Lovers Rock, they stripped everything down musically to a minimalist sound and banished the saxophone that had been so much a part of Sade's heavily soul- and jazz-influenced style.


The latest album, Soldier of Love, released in 2010, is one of the most tender, moving collections of songs yet, from the astonishingly beautiful Morning Bird, which features exquisite keyboards from Andrew, to the soulful, retro, return-of-the-sax melodies of In Another Time, and the deeply touching, reggae-influenced charm of Babyfather - a partic…

From Dawn to Sunset on the Beach - Pelicans, Whales and Memories of my Father

This post about my father and the ocean is very important to me right now. It was written when we first moved to Santa Cruz, which we insisted on calling Aldabra because it is so magical...
From Dawn to Sunset on the Beach - Pelicans, Whales and Memories of my Father
Living and writing by the ocean - in a spot we like to call Aldabra (which in reality is a remote and very beautiful atoll in the Indian Ocean) - the beach figures large in my thoughts and daily routine.

Usually I wake early, and on occasion I walk at dawn through the waves, past the occasional fisherperson, enjoying the darkness slowly transforming into light, the spray of the breakers, the pull of the tide around my feet, the constant barking of the sea lions, the damp of the ocean mist - and the sight of the sun breaking over the horizon to the east.






Recently, a few days before what would have been his birthday, I thought of my father as I trod the beach at dawn. He came from a tiny Scottish fishing village, Rosehearty, se…