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Cinematic Prose Techniques Zoom Seminar: Level Up Your Description and Pacing, July 17th, 2021
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Cinematic Prose Techniques Zoom Seminar: Level Up Your Description and Pacing, July 17th, 2021


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Saturday, July 17th, 2021

Live Seminar Via Zoom 12PM – 3PM CST

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Led by Todd Robert Petersen, author of a novel in stories called It Needs to Look Like We Tried (Counterpoint, 2018) and Picnic in the Ruins (Counterpoint, 2021), a dark comedy about antiquities theft set on the Utah/Arizona border. Todd is also a professor of English at Southern Utah University, where he teaches creative writing and film studies courses.

Writers are often told to show, don't tell, but what does that even mean?

Cinematography and film editing offer a host of approaches for staging and pacing stories that can help unlock richer description and the "propulsiveness" readers are looking for in contemporary writing.

This isn't a screenwriting workshop, but it occupies the common ground between the literary and the cinematic. We'll experiment with written versions of time lapse passages, extreme close ups, wide shots, shot/reverse, smash/jump cuts, and long takes (oners).

The techniques explored in this seminar are applicable to fiction, non-fiction, or poetry.

YOU'LL TAKE HOME:

  • Writers attending this seminar will leave with a set of ideas approaches, and exercises they can use to make their writing more descriptive.
  • They will also gain a toolkit to help diagnose pacing and rhythm troubles, offer new approaches for revealing character, setting, theme, and subtext without relying on leaden exposition.
  • They will also learn how to break up long passages of dialogue by directing the "eye" and attention of readers to vital information.

TAKE THIS CLASS IF:

  • You're finding the constraints of your current writing practice too limiting.
  • You want exposure to a range of new approaches to bring to your writing practice.
  • You want an expanded sense of what is possible in your work.
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:

This class will meet via Zoom on July 17th, 2021 from 12PM - 3PM CST

PAYMENT OPTIONS:

You can pay for the course in full or use Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Todd Robert Petersen | Live via Zoom

  • Saturday, July 17th, 2021 |12PM – 3PM CST

  • Seminar is fully ONLINE and meets via Zoom

Instructor Todd Robert Petersen lives in Cedar City, Utah, with his wife and three children. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Northern Arizona University, and Oklahoma State, Petersen is a professor of English at Southern Utah University, where he teaches creative writing and film studies courses. In 2018, Counterpoint Press released a novel in stories called It Needs to Look Like We Tried and Picnic in the Ruins, a dark comedy about antiquities theft set on the Utah/Arizona border, came out in 2021. Find him online HERE.

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