Writing Workshops and Conferences

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Wired For Story: What Your Reader's Brain Really Craves, and How To Deliver It



A Reader's Manifesto: 15 Hardwired Expectations Every Reader Has for Every Story. Beginning with a revealing account of the hardwired purpose of story and what is actually captivating us when we get lost in a compelling tale, we’ll explore 15 expectations every reader has -- regardless what genre you're writing in -- and how actualize them on the page.

How To Hook The Reader’s Brain On The Very First Page. The question in the back of every reader’s mind when they dive into a novel is, “What is this story about?” They want a sense of it from the first sentence, and they want it to spur their desire to find out what will happen next. First, we’ll decode the three crucial elements that, when woven together, create the intoxicating sense of urgency that hooks readers. Then we’ll discuss what it takes to get those elements onto the page, along how to deftly avoid the all too common pitfalls that writers unknowingly stumble into. 


What Your Reader Really Wants: 5 Steps to Writing an Irresistible Novel (Or Memoir, Screenplay or Short Story). Every writer wants two things: to tell a story that hooks readers and never lets them go, and to find a way to accomplish that without going through the long slog of endlessly writing draft after draft. This workshop will give writers actionable ways to meet both goals. We’ll examine the five steps to take before you start writing that will save you months (or years) of hard work, not to mention heartache and frustration. Instead of rooting around in your plot for the story, you’ll unearth the key story elements beneath the plot that bring it to life, drive it forward, and give it meaning. These elements have little to do with the surface plot or “writing well” and everything to do with what we’re hardwired to respond to in every story we read.  A story achieves greatness when it intrigues the brain, so learning what your reader’s brain craves, and why, will allow you to zero in on what your story is really about before you write word one (or, if you’re already started, before you write another word).  You’ll not only produce a more powerful story, chances are you’ll drastically reduce your rewrite time.