Come with a Concept, Leave with a Logline

And now…let’s pause for a word from our sponsor:

Shaping True Story into Screenplay Workshop:
Come with a Concept, Leave with a Logline
4-Hour Workshop in Venice, CA
Sunday, February 19, 2012 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Only $40.00 with advance registration!

From THE KILLING FIELDS to THE SOCIAL NETWORK. From APOLLO 13 to 127 HOURS. From THE AVIATOR to THE FIGHTER. Films based on true stories have been entertaining audiences and wowing critics for decades.

Many people have a true story they think would make a great movie. But not everyone can execute the screenplay. The trick is to get beyond the facts of what happened and find the larger, emotional truth of the story. The goal is to capture the dramatic essence of reality and transform it into art.

Shaping True Story into Screenplay Workshop:
Come with a Concept, Leave with a Logline

We all know that a crisp and catchy logline can be a significant boon to pitching and shopping your screenplay to agents, actors, directors and producers. But a well-thought out logline can also help you write a great screenplay.

Whether you’ve written just one page or 120, this workshop will show you how to focus your autobiographical or biographical idea into its own unique dramatic structure. You’ll take home the tools to keep you on track as you write, revise and market the screenplay.

The workshop will cover:

• Finding the metaphor of your personal journey

• Translating real life into dramatic action

• Developing engaging characters from real people

• Shaping the plot along a story spine

• Choosing what to leave out in the interest of story

Join us to discover new ways to shape the nebulous clay that is real life into cinematic pages. Start with an idea and end with a solid logline and a vision for your story.


Sunday, February 19, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave, Venice, CA 90291

“Shaping True Story into Screenplay is a clear and accessible guide that turns the basics of screenwriting toward the task of telling one’s true story.”

– Mitchell Levin, Senior Story Analyst, DreamWorks
“The book offers how to plot, build characters, pace conflicts of real life, invent a frame to propel the story, and create scenes that are metaphors for real events. Her gift of simplicity and personal humility is given to all who wish to share a true story. The book is easy to process, inspiring and encouraging. It is like having a personal coach along the way.”

– City and Mountain Views, Denver, Colorado

“Candace Kearns Read has a knack for whipping a weak script into shape. She is tough, but in the kindest way. This book will be an invaluable resource to all writers and directors.”

– Jeff Woolnough (Director, OUTER LIMITS, THE DON CHERRY STORY and CELINE)

“Having relied on Candace’s instincts, judgment, and clarity, I can testify that she is the absolute best, and consider Shaping True Story Into Screenplay a great gift. So will anyone who reads it.”

– Robert Palmer (Manager of Anthony Hopkins, Faye Dunaway, and Dick Van Dyke)

“Candace Kearns Read is an extremely talented screenwriter and story analyst. Anyone intending to develop material based on ‘real life’ will benefit from the wisdom and experience found within these pages.”

– Ben Press (Buchwald/Fortitude Agency)

“Candace is a highly regarded script analyst and writer. Top agents in Hollywood wouldn’t let their A-list clients make a move on a script until Candace signed off on it with her insightful, smart and savvy analysis. In this book, Candace impeccably shares her great skill and creativity to help screenwriters, and expertly enables you to develop your greatest possession into a compelling screenplay, by guiding you to write what you know best: Yourself.”

– Tony Greco, Screenwriters Online

Cost: $40.00 in advance, $45.00 at the door
** Workshop fee includes a copy of the book Shaping True Story into Screenplay

To Register: Click Here

If you know someone who might benefit from this workshop, please forward this e-mail.

Shaping True Story into Screenplay
Candace Kearns Read, MFA

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