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Saturday, April 30 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
8A: A Map in the Wilderness: Unsticking Your Plot Using Cinematic Structure FULL

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The only thing worse than staring at the first blank page is to be staring at the fiftieth, hundredth, or hundred and fiftieth page with no idea what should happen next. The author peers into the fog ahead, lost in a wilderness of options. 

Fortunately, there is a map that not only tells us what to do at any point in our story, but also guides us, step-by-step to a thrilling showdown and satisfying conclusion. The cinematic three-act structure is the cornerstone of storytelling in our society, and once we understand it, we can find our way out of any story. 

In this hands-on workshop in we'll compare our work-in-progress to the cinematic map. We'll figure out where we are, set plot goals, and develop a clear path to a thrilling conclusion that will leave our readers dying to read our next book.

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Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel is the award-winning author of Boston-based crime fiction. His short stories “Give Me a Dollar” won a 2014 Derringer Award for short fiction and “Driving Miss Rachel” was chosen as a 2013 distinguished short story by Otto Penzler, editor of The Best American Mystery Stories 2013. Daniel’s short fiction has been published in the Level Best Books anthologies Thin Ice, Blood Moon, Stone Cold... Read More →


Saturday April 30, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Back Bay Room