Day One: Saturday schedule : 9:30a.m. – 7:30p.m.


  • 10 techniques for crafting unique, psychologically complex characters
  • 39 kinds of character growth for your hero
  • 89 ways to make lead characters likable without making them bland
  • Create characters who aren’t copies of those in movies or books
  • 35 types of quirks and eccentricities for a character
  • 20 techniques for giving a character depth
  • 11 ways to show character development in stages
  • Techniques to create interesting villains

  • How to give each character their own distinctive “voice”
  • 5 ways to capture a character’s dimensionality in dialogue
  • 14 techniques for written dialogue to capture the sound of speech
  • 4 ways to inject depth or ‘subtext’ into dialogue

  • The Ultimate Dialogue Challenge:6 techniques for revealing ambivalence in dialogue.

Day Two: Sunday schedule : 9:30a.m. – 7:30p.m.


  • 8 techniques for coming up with fresh story ideas
  • 11 ways of modifying ideas to develop radically alternative story-lines.

  • 46 types of plot twists
  • 28 possible objectives for your hero
  • Techniques for using character’s emotional growth to shape the plot
  • Techniques for using the plot to shape character emotional growth
  • 8 additional ways to relate character’s growth to the plot
  • The mosts efficient way to brainstorm a story from beginning to end

  • “Scene Sculpting” — 25 ways to make scenes interesting
    and emotionally layered