7 Day Storymaking Retreat in France for Novelists and Screenwriters
"Unlocking the secrets of story awakens the power of story within you. Work with that power and you can steal fire from the gods. Master that power and you can create stories that will live forever." James Bonnet, Stealing Fire from the Gods: The Complete Guide to Story for Writers and Filmmakers
These private sessions in Nans Sous Sainte Anne, France, with James Bonnet, considered by many to be the leading authority and guide in all things related to story and storymaking, will take you beyond Classical Story Structure, Three Acts, and The Hero’s Journey to a more complete understanding of the story principles you will need to create successful novels and story films that are significant, enduring and have universal appeal.
As we begin our journey together developing your story, we will take an in-depth look at the essence of story – that without which there would be no story - and the hidden structures all great stories have in common. These hidden structures are intimately linked to the source of your creativity, are extremely powerful, and are the reason some stories become classics, best-selling novels, or top grossing films. Then as we continue our work together and fine tune your story, you will experience how to create charismatic characters, narrative structures that will make your story unique, and high concept great ideas and log lines that will generate excitement and compel the right people to get involved.
Each evening we will gather together to discuss and analyze an important film or book over a delicious dinner and excellent wine.
A copy of the second edition of Stealing Fire from the Gods will be sent to you upon registering for the workshop. The important new ideas about story in this book have been taught in university courses around the world and are having a major impact on writers in all media.
Space is limited, so don’t delay in signing up for this special opportunity!
“Employing psychological theory and his own hard-won insights, James Bonnet demystifies the magic of creative storytelling. Stealing Fire from the Gods is intelligent and fascinating.” Robert Crais, New York Times Best-Selling Novelist
“My advice to aspiring writers is simple: Read this book. Go to this seminar. There are some real pearls here.” Billy Ray, Screenwriter, The Hunger Games, Flight Plan, Shattered Glass, Hart’s War
"James Bonnet's Storymaking Retreat in France introduced me to an approach that I have used in everything I have written since. As our group bonded and met again in Santa Monica, James' process continued to become the natural way I write. As always, so many new ways of thinking and creating stories emerged, and this made me realize the incredible richness of James' ongoing mentorship." Erin Byrne is an award winning writer, most recently for 2012 Travelers' Tales Grand Prize Silver Solas Award for Spirals, Memoir of a Celtic Soul
“Not only does Jim have a profound understanding of story but he can apply it to a writer’s work to identify what’s working and what’s not working in their story. He saw the source of a big problem in my novel and showed me how to fix it on the first day of our one-on-one sessions.” Gary Bower, physicist, author, The Physicists’ Code
Returning Workshop Retreat Writers:
August 18-24, 2013
August 28 - September 3, 2013
First Time Workshop Retreat Writers:
September 7-13, 2013
- Date available: 03/27/2013
- Publication date: 01/01/2010
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Meet the Author: James Bonnet
James Bonnet, an internationally known writer, teacher and story consultant, began his career as an actor creating the role of James Roosevelt in the Tony Award winning hit Broadway show, Sunrise at Campobello. He received his first professional writing job at age 23, writing for the television series, It’s A Man’s World. He was elected twice to the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America and has written or acted in more than forty television shows and features. Since 1990 he has been conducting intensive weekend story seminars in Los Angeles, and consulting with novelists, screenwriters, producers and directors. Since 2006 he has ...