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Anatomy of a Premise Line: A Workshop with Storygeeks' Jeff Lyons

The Writers Junction

Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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Writers love this premise workshop - it's valuable for screenwriters, novelists, and creative nonfiction authors alike! 

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Anatomy of a Premise Line: 
7 Steps to Foolproof Premise Line and Story Development 
A Workshop with Storygeeks' Jeff Lyons  


Saturday, February 16th
Admission: $65 {a $150 value}
Limited Seats Available
open to members & non-members
1001 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
A solid premise line is essential in writing effective agent or publisher query letters, pitching film production companies or studios, or for having that perfect elevator pitch ready for that unexpected meeting with whoever might be empowered to move your story forward to final publication or production. But how do you know you really have a story? And how do you know your story will "work"?

The way you know is by learning the real meaning, purpose, and power of the premise line. The premise line is not just a "pitch tool" -- it is your canary in the coalmine, and when fully mastered can save you time, money, and years of writing frustration. In this hands-on course, participants will learn how to master the dynamic process of premise line creation, design, and testing, which is so critical for validating any story's narrative integrity. Along with case studies from the movies and literature, participants will take original story ideas and then implement premise building and testing techniques to generate an original premise line, as well as developing a story's log line.

Please bring one or two story ideas to develop in class.


About Jeff Lyons:

Jeff Lyons has more than 25 years' experience in the entertainment and publishing industries and is a working screenwriter and author. He is a regular guest lecturer at the UCLA Extension Writers Program, as well as a webinar instructor for The Writers Store and Writer's Digest University. Jeff is the founder of Storygeeks, a professional services company offering story consulting, training and editorial services to screenwriters, novelists and nonfiction authors. His film Billy Miske is currently in pre-production in the U.K. through M4West Pictures Ltd. More information can be found on his website, www.storygeeks.com. Follow @storygeeks on Twitter and "like" Storygeeks on Facebook.


In 2013, Jeff will also be publishing an e-book entitled Anatomy of a Premise Line: 7 Steps to Foolproof Premise and Story Development, based on his popular premise development workshop. And in 2014 he will be publishing two print books: Rapid Story Development: How to Use the Enneagram-Story Bridge to Become a Master Storyteller and How to Make a Good Novel Great: The Ultimate Guide to Writing the Traditional or Self-Published Book-- and Avoiding the Top Twenty Fiction Mistakes.



"Jeff Lyons's mind-blowingly brilliant combo of the Enneagram and innovative story structure shakes things up and virtually reinvents the storytelling wheel. I'm hooked!"

~Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling Author of Pictures of You, Award-winning UCLA Novel Writing instructor, Book Critic


"Jeff's method for developing story is deceptively simple yet wildly effective.  Following his steps at the beginning of my writing process has saved me hours of painful rewriting down the line.  Highly recommended for screenwriters and novelists alike!"

~Teresa Huang, Staff Writer, NBC's Knight Rider (2010)


"Jeff Lyons's unique insights on the Enneagram and its impact on story structure is at once comprehensible and enlightening. Since making use of it, my characters have sprung to authentic life. All writers should give this a try."

~Masha Hamilton, Award-winning Author of 31 Hours, The Camel Bookmobile; Journalist


"Unlike most writing gurus, Jeff Lyons is actually a real writer. He not only 'gets' story at its deepest level, he can guide even a novice writer through the steps necessary to create a polished, commercial screenplay or novel. Hire him!"

~Stephen David Brooks, Writer/Director, Heads N TailZ


"Jeff Lyons has an impeccable grasp of story. Grounded in the fundamentals, with a deep understanding of what makes characters tick, Jeff is a superlative instructor, coach and mentor. Storygeeks is the best!"

~Julie Gray, Founder, 'Just Effing Entertain Me'


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The Writers Junction
1001 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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