Tag: writing

Save the Cat

The Craft: Save the Cat! Chapter 7

6:00 – 6:15: Social Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones. 6:15 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Save the Cat!  Chapter 7 Tonight we will be discussing Chapter 7 of Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder. Save the Cat! is widely considered the best how-to book on screenplays ever written. Why screenplays?  I thought this group was about writing fiction novels… First, the approach to writing screenplays is considerably different than writing a fiction novel.  However, learning about how to write good screenplays will help you to become a significantly more effective writer.  As with any good novel, good movies must successfully engage the viewer and leave his or her substantially moved, in a good way, so they’ll come back for more. Consider it literary cross-training.  🙂 Second, Blake Snyder is one of […]

Save the Cat

The Craft: Save the Cat! Part 3 of 4

6:00 – 6:15: Social Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones. 6:15 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Save the Cat!  Part 3 of 4 Tonight we will be discussing Chapters 5 and 6 of Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder. Save the Cat! is widely considered the best how-to book on screenplays ever written. Why screenplays?  I thought this group was about writing fiction novels… First, the approach to writing screenplays is considerably different than writing a fiction novel.  However, learning about how to write good screenplays will help you to become a significantly more effective writer.  As with any good novel, good movies must successfully engage the viewer and leave his or her substantially moved, in a good way, so they’ll come back for more. Consider it literary cross-training.  🙂 Second, Blake […]

Save the Cat

The Craft: Save the Cat! Part 2 of 4

6:00 – 6:15: Social Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones. 6:15 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Save the Cat!  Part 2 of 4 Tonight we will be discussing Chapters 3 and 4 of Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder. Save the Cat! is widely considered the best how-to book on screenplays ever written. Why screenplays?  I thought this group was about writing fiction novels… First, the approach to writing screenplays is considerably different than writing a fiction novel.  However, learning about how to write good screenplays will help you to become a significantly more effective writer.  As with any good novel, good movies must successfully engage the viewer and leave his or her substantially moved, in a good way, so they’ll come back for more. Consider it literary cross-training.  🙂 Second, Blake […]

Save the Cat

The Craft: Save the Cat! Part 1 of 4

6:00 – 6:15: Social Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones. 6:15 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Save the Cat!  Part 1 of 4 Tonight we will be discussing Chapters 1 and 2 of Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder. Save the Cat! is widely considered the best how-to book on screenplays ever written. Why screenplays?  I thought this group was about writing fiction novels… First, the approach to writing screenplays is considerably different than writing a fiction novel.  However, learning about how to write good screenplays will help you to become a significantly more effective writer.  As with any good novel, good movies must successfully engage the viewer and leave his or her substantially moved, in a good way, so they’ll come back for more. Consider it literary cross-training.  🙂 Second, Blake […]

business of writing

The Craft: Part 2 of 2: GWW Ch 11 – The Business of Writing: Driving Yourself Nuts for Fun and Profit

Please note the slight time change, arrive at 6 pm, and be ready to roll into our study by 6:15! 6:00 – 6:15: Social Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones. 6:15 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Part 2 of 2:  GWW Ch 11 – The Business of Writing:  Driving Yourself Nuts for Fun and Profit Tonight we’re wrapping things up with the last chapter of our text:  Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Writing Fiction. “The writing life.  Why do so many crave it?  Few professions hold the degree of uncertainty that writers endure.  The emotional and financial ups and downs are extreme.  Nevertheless, I’ve yet to go to a party where nine out of ten people — successful, rational people — don’t want to be writers. “If you’re reading this, then I assume you […]

business of writing

The Craft: Part 1 of 2: GWW Ch 11 – The Business of Writing: Driving Yourself Nuts for Fun and Profit

Please note the slight time change, arrive at 6 pm, and be ready to roll into our study by 6:15! 6:00 – 6:15: Social Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones. 6:15 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Part 1 of 2:  GWW Ch 11 – The Business of Writing:  Driving Yourself Nuts for Fun and Profit Tonight we’re wrapping things up with the last chapter of our text:  Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Writing Fiction. “The writing life.  Why do so many crave it?  Few professions hold the degree of uncertainty that writers endure.  The emotional and financial ups and downs are extreme.  Nevertheless, I’ve yet to go to a party where nine out of ten people — successful, rational people — don’t want to be writers. “If you’re reading this, then I assume you […]

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The Seven Deadly Elements of a Drop-Dead Gorgeous Elevator Speech

6:00 – 6:15: Social Grab a great cup of coffee and selection from Agia Sophia’s menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones. 6:15 – 7:30:  The One (or Two) Liner aka “The Seven Deadly Elements of a Drop-Dead Gorgeous Elevator Speech” Last night (seriously) I was on the phone with an agent, and he asked me to provide a short synopsis of my novels.  I had a couple of canned responses, but I wound up winging it, as would any of us if we were actually caught in an elevator with an agent! Here’s what I told him: Ok, here’s a synopsis of my first book, Dead in a Red Dress:  John Degha, a former OSS commando during World War II, struggles to find his footing six years after the war.  During a late-night gig as a private detective, his world is shattered when […]

CSWriters on Facebook

CSWriters is now on Facebook!

Following a suggestion from one of our members, I decided to create a Facebook group where our members could share our group with their friends.  It’s a “closed group” only in the sense that not everyone on the planet can become a member.  Current members must add their friends to the group.  Here’s what our page looks like: