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Linda Aronson's New Structures for New Audiences -Scriptwriting Masterclass

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Linda Aronson: New Structures for New Audiences Two-Day Writing Masterclass 29-30 July 2017

Linda Aronson teaching internationally

Please note: this masterclass runs over 2 days: 29-30 July 2017. 9.00-17.00 each day and places are limited. The class is suitable for all professions at all levels in film, TV and games.

'If the only story model you know is one hero on a chronological journey, you're at a serious professional disadvantage...'

If you are a writer in film TV or games (or want to be) and the only story model you know is one hero-on-a-chronological-journey you are at a serious professional disadvantage.

The reality is that games, films and TV forms are now full of multiple protagonist stories. But in addition you need to master over a dozen nonlinear and fractured forms, including nine types of flashback, multi-plot and fractured tandem narrative, because these forms are now mainstream.

They are routinely nominated in the Academy and Golden Globe Awards and the Emmys and they're on TV every night. Audiences expect them. They are everywhere and, crucially, they are hybridising.

Like today’s leading writers in Europe and the USA, these forms need to become part of your stock in trade. Linda Aronson is the world expert in these complex structures. She is the only guru to provide practical guidelines for creating them. New Structures for New Audiences explains them.


Day 1: (29 July 2017): Mentor antagonist stories, tandem narrative, multiple protagonist narrative, double journeys, simple flashback

Day 2: (30 July 2017) Complex flashback forms, consecutive stories (including Pulp Fiction), fractured tandem, nonlinear fixes for film. Nonlinear in games and to promote binge viewing in new generation serial TV serials.

  • the 'what' and the 'how to create' of six families of nonlinear and multiplot narrative and their subcategories (over 30 story structures) that don't fit the Hollywood model, including 9 types of flashback structure;

  • How each form relies on splitting up, multiplying or truncating the basic three act structure of traditional screenwriting according to predictable patterns that you can use as templates;

  • How to use multiple protagonists, mentor antagonists, the passive protagonist - and how the same character can be a protagonist in one time frame and antagonist in another;

  • ‘the death of the second act’ , that is, structures that truncate or do away with the second act altogether; also, stories that are exposition-heavy and cannot be told suspensefully except via non-linear;

  • How to use cross-connecting devices, including the 'macro plot' and 'the facilitating character';

  • How to use the 'portmanteau structure' a structural technique which permits a number of stories to piggyback on the structural build of one story (as in Pulp Fiction, Amores Perros etc)

  • Using a portmanteau to create your own Pulp Fiction-style structure;

  • Using nonlinear fixes for problem feature films;

  • How to use nonlinear series arcs to trigger binge viewing in new generationTV drama serials.

  • How nonlinear forms in games can increase emotional engagement and replayability.


What the experts say.

'Linda Aronson is one of the great and important voices on screenwriting.’ Linda Seger

At last you will understand "Pulp Fiction! All the vague confusing things that teachers and studio executives say about flashback, turning points and multiple protagonists are whipped into coherent shape, in a comprehensive, precise and extremely practical theory.' Christopher Vogler, The Writers' Journey

'Anyone who has heard Linda Aronson speak about screenwriting knows that the insight that she can offer YOU, about YOUR screenplay, is extraordinary.
I have personally heard all of the so called ‘script gurus’ speak, and I can tell you, if you want advanced professional script insight, Linda is the person for you. Chris Jones, Academy-Award Nominated Screenwriter, organizer London Screenwriters' Festival

Linda Aronson is one of my heroes. My inspiration. Screenwriting Updated blew me away … Linda Aronson was the first person, maybe still the only person to really talk about the fact that structure doesn’t always have to be about one form.’ Pilar Alessandra. Leading Hollywood Scriptwriting Teacher

‘F- ing brilliant’ Duncan Thompson, writer/script editor/ screenwriting teacher

'Narrative structure goddess' Linda Aronson Lucy Hay, top UK script editor

'Five Stars. Tired of the Syd Field and Robert McKee dyad? Screenwriter Linda Aronson has a new nuts-and-bolts book that could leave the other gurus searching for day jobs'.Erick Opeka


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Train: Redfern station (five minutes walk) or Central (16 minutes walk)

Bus: 305, 308, 309, 310

Car: There is limited parking in Redfern Street and surrounding streets but bear in mind that parking is patrolled

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

email newsandcomment@internode.on.net

What's the refund policy?

Refunds available until 3 days before the event (so that we can fill your place). Refunds will be processed in 5 working days. Contact laronson@internode.on.net

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