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SinC Into Great Writing IX!


Learn How to Give Your Novels Structure

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Workshop Alexandra Sokoloff ♦ Keynote Address Maureen Jennings

Wednesday ♦ October 11, 2017 from 1 - 9 pm *

 Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel  ♦ Room Sheraton E ♦ Toronto, Canada 

Award-winning novelist and screenwriter Alexandra “Alex” Sokoloff will present her internationally-acclaimed workshop, Screenwriting Tricks for Authors. She’ll teach novelists and screenwriters essential film structure and visual storytelling techniques. She’ll talk about acts and sequences, and the key elements of story narrative, focusing on mysteries and thrillers. But more than that, Alex will help us understand how the structure used in film writing really works, and how we as novelists can use it in plotting and revision. Her workshops are interactive and dynamic—just like she is!

Why look at movies? Because, as Alex says, “movies are like a skeleton, an x-ray, of a story. It’s a lot easier to see structure in a movie than it is in a book.” We’ve all seen so many movies and tv shows that we understand their structure intuitively. By making that understanding more explicit, we can have then layer that story blueprint with the complexity that novels require.

Then we’ll hear from Canadian mystery writer Maureen Jennings, author of The Murdoch Mysteries, the basis for the terrific long-running tv series set in Victorian Toronto. In addition to writing the Murdoch novels and two other series, Maureen has worked on several Murdoch scripts, and co-developed her novel, Beware This Boy, into the concept for the tv series, Bomb Girls. Maureen will talk about adaptation, developing a tv concept, and her experiences in the worlds of books and tv.

To tie it all together, that evening, Alex will screen a classic movie and comment on story structure.


1-5pm      WORKSHOP

5-6:45pm DINNER (pay your own way, but groups will be forming for those who wish to dine together)

7-9pm      FILM


Alexandra Sokoloff

Alexandra Sokoloff is the bestselling, Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award-nominated author of eleven supernatural, paranormal and crime thrillers. The New York Times has called her "a daughter of Mary Shelley" and her books "Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre."

As a screenwriter she has sold original suspense and horror scripts and written novel adaptations for numerous Hollywood studios (Sony, Fox, Disney, Miramax), for producers such as Michael Bay, David Heyman, Laura Ziskin and Neal Moritz.

She is also the workshop leader of the internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workshops, based on her Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workbooks and blog.

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Maureen Jennings

Maureen Jennings emigrated to Canada from the UK as a teenager. After a long career as a psychotherapist, she began writing fiction, and is the author of thirteen crime novels and other works. Among her honors are eight nominations from Crime Writers of Canada, for best novel and short story. THE MURDOCH MYSTERIES, based on her novels set in Victorian Toronto, was adapted for television by the Canadian Broadcasting Company and is now in its 9th season. She has also written or co-written five scripts for the series, including the adaption of “Shipwreck,” the novella dealing with the origins of Murdoch’s interest in detection. Maureen’s novel Beware This Boy served as inspiration for the concept she co-developed for the Canadian TV series, BOMB GIRLS. She lives in Toronto with her husband, photographer Iden Ford, and their dogs, Murdoch and Varley.

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