Monday, August 8, 2011

2011 Lone Star Writers Conference

Northwest Houston Romance Writers
Annual Writer's Conference

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October 15, 2011

Houston Marriot North at Greenspoint

255 N Sam Houston Parkway East

Houston, Texas 77060

Registration began August 1, 2011.

Keynote Speaker:


Alexandra Sokoloff is a screenwriter who has sold original suspense and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios, for producers such as Michael Bay, Laura Ziskin, David Heyman, and Neal Moritz. Her adaptation of Sabine Deitmer's psychological thriller COLD KISSES was filmed in Germany. Alex is the author of the supernatural thrillers THE HARROWING, THE PRICE, THE UNSEEN, and BOOK OF SHADOWS, and a new paranormal romance, THE SHIFTERS. She is also the author of SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS (AND SCREENWRITERS!), a workbook based on her internationally acclaimed blog and workshops. She is a Thriller Award winner and a Bram Stoker and Anthony Award nominee.

Alex has served on the Board of Directors of the WGAw, the screenwriters' union, and the board of Mystery Writers of America, and is the founder of, an online community and resource center of 2000+ professional screenwriters. In her spare time (!)she performs with Heather Graham's Slush Pile Players, and dances every chance she gets.

Visit her website at:

And her blog on Screenwriting Tricks for Authors at



Are you finally committed to writing that novel but have no idea how to get started? Or are you a published author - but know you need some plotting help to move your books and career up to that next level?

Screenwriting is a compressed and dynamic storytelling form and the techniques of screenwriting are easily adaptable to novel writing. You can jump-start your plot and bring your characters and scenes vibrantly alive on the page - by watching your favorite movies and learning from the storytelling tricks of great filmmakers.

In this workshop, based on award-winning author/screenwriter Alexandra Sokoloff’s internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks For Authors blog and workbook, you'll learn how to use techniques of film writing such as:

- the High Concept Premise
- the Three-Act, Eight-Sequence Structure
- the Storyboard Grid
- the Index Card Method of Plotting
- as well as tricks of film pacing and suspense, character arc and drive, visual storytelling, and building image systems - to structure and color your novel for maximum emotional impact, unbearable suspense and riveting pacing, no matter what genre you're writing in.

You'll start to create your own personalized workbook of genre tricks based on your favorite books and movies and tailored to your own brand of storytelling, and a collage book to build visual image systems. And the emphasis on premise is invaluable for crafting that all-important query and pitch.

In this rapidly changing world of publishing, more and more agents and editors are looking for novels that have the pacing, emotional excitement, and big, unique, "high concept" premises of Hollywood movies (and the potential for that movie or TV sale!).

Whether you're just starting to develop a book or script, or rewriting for maximum impact, this workshop will introduce you to an easy, effective and fun process to help you make your book or script the best it can be.

Throw in an Awesome Agent and Editor line-up and you really don't want to miss this one! ;)
For Registration and more info click here:


Anonymous said...

I'm so excited by this line up! I know it will be a terrific conference and the price is right!!!
Thanks for sharing this information with me.

Bethany said...

God willing I'll be there :-)

Melissa said...

I can't wait for this conference! And you're so right, Stacey! The price is awesome for such a great workshop and editor/agent line-up! :)

Hope to see you there, Bethany!!

Lola X said...

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Lola x

Sharon Henning said...

I wish I could attend this conference. No chance, unfortunately. I really liked reading the post and the insights about screenplays because I've got an idea for one that's been swimming around in my head for some time. Thanks for visiting my blog. Following back.

Melissa said...

Wish you could attend, Sharon. :)I'm really excited about this conference. Who wouldn't love for their novel to be turned into a movie? LOL Best of luck with the screenplay. And thanks for the follow!