2017 MEETING SCHEDULE
January 14, 2017 Super Saturday with Debra Dixon
Get two fabulous workshops in one day: Goal, Motivation, Conflict and The Dark Moment
Guest Speaker: Deb Dixon
Time 10:00am to 5:30
The Slippery Slope (Big Black Moment) 10:00am to 1:00pm
Learn how to pack some character baggage and create a character arc that builds to an emotional crisis that can help you fuel the resolution of your book.
GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Goal, motivation, and conflict are the foundation of the story world. Using charts, examples, and movies, the author breaks these key elements down into understandable components and walks the reader through the process of laying this foundation for story.
Place: Tigertail Lake Recreation Center, 580 Gulfstream Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004
February 11 2017– Alison McMahan
Guest Speaker: Alison McMahan
Program: Character Diamond or 4 Trait System
The Character Diamond system is taught by Game Design and Screenwriting Guru David Freeman. A variation of it, called the Four-trait system, is taught by other screenwriting gurus such as Hal Croesmun of Screenwriting U. McMahan has expanded the model slightly and calls her version the 4 + 1 Character Trait system.
This is a technique used to design characters for maximum effect. That is, maximum complementary and contrast between leads, maximum color from secondary characters, and to make it easy for you, the writer, to generate rich, distinctive dialogue for each character.
By using this technique you can come up with a character bio of less than 100 words which will accomplish all of those goals. That’s all you have to keep in mind as you write to design characters that have unique voiced and jump off the page.
This is an interactive workshop. McMahan will explain the technique, then together we will design two or three characters and outline a scene that would result from putting those characters in a situation with some sample dialogue.
Freeman applies the Character Diamond to a ship: http://www.freemangames.com/idea/9_4.php
Alison McMahan, Ph.D., is a screenwriter, author and filmmaker. She is the president of Homunculus Productions, a company that produces industrial, educational and documentary films. Her most recent film is Bare Hands and Wooden Limbs (2010) narrated by Sam Waterston. She is currently in post-production on the feature documentary The Eight Faces of Jane (2016). From 1997 to 2001 she was an associate professor, teaching film history and theory and new media at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. She is the author the award-winning bookAlice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury 2002), which was translated into Spanish and adapted into a play. The films rights to this book have been sold to a Hollywood agency for production as a documentary, Be Natural. (www.BeNatural.com). She is also the author of The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Hollywood (Bloomsbury 2005). Her latest award-winning screenplay, White Rum, is being marketed by Scriptshark. Her first novel, a historical mystery for young adults, The Saffron Crocus, was published by Black Opal Books in 2014.
March 11 2017 – Amy Atwell – Topic TBD (Indie business related)
April 8 2017 – Dana Mave- Barnes and Noble Community Manager
May 13 2017- Eliot Kleinberg -Florida’s Amazing History and Why You Should Care
Eliot, son of longtime South Florida journalist Howard Kleinberg, was born in Coral Gables, graduated Miami-area public schools, and earned two degrees at the University of Florida. His career as a radio and television reporter and editor, from 1979 to 1984, included work in Miami and at the Cable News Network. He was a reporter for the Dallas Morning News from 1984 until 1987, when he returned to Florida and joined the Post.
He is a member of the Florida, South Florida and Palm Beach County historical societies. Eliot and his wife have two adult sons and live at Casa Floridiana in Boca Raton.
June 10 2017 – – Steve Brown – PI – 5 Things Women need To know
August 12 2017 _ Viewing of Love Between The Covers – Documentary
September 9 2017 – Brenda Jackson Author
November 11 2017 –Daphne Nikolopoulos -Mechanics of Outlining
Guest Speaker: Daphne Nikolopoulos
Daphne Nikolopoulos is the editor in chief of Palm Beach Illustrated, the most respected monthly magazine in Palm Beach, and editorial director of Palm Beach Media Group. She leads an award-winning editorial, art, and fashion team in the production of authoritative and visually captivating publications and websites celebrating the luxury lifestyle in top Florida markets.
A native of Athens, Greece, Daphne has traveled widely on both a professional and personal level, and her journeys have inspired her writing. Under the pseudonym D.J. Niko, she has penned award-winning, internationally published historical novels and thrillers, including The Tenth Saint, The Riddle of Solomon, The Oracle, and The Judgment. She lectures on archaeology and ancient history at Florida Atlantic University Lifelong Learning Society and presents courses on writing and editing throughout South Florida.
A believer in the power of community and philanthropy, Daphne supports various causes in children’s advocacy, literacy, and arts education.