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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:

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

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:

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!


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