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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Writers' Guild of South Africa presents two day workshop with 'story doctor' Peter Russell in May in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.


The Writers' Guild of South Africa (WGSA) is having a two day workshop in May with Peter Russell, a longtime "story doctor" in Hollywood whose clients include Imagine Films, HBO, Participant, Viacom, CBS Television and many more.

Peter Russell teaches film and television pilot creation at the MFA Screenwriting Program at Pepperdine University and also teaches at UCLA's Entertainment Division of the Extension School.

In May 2016 Peter Russell will present workshops on the "Secret Patterns of Writing for Different Genres"in Johannesburg (14,15 May from 08:30 to 16:30), Durban (12 May from 09:00 to 15:00) and Cape Town (21,22 May from 08:30 to 16:30).

The two day workshop will include (day 1) an introduction to the 9 elements of all great movie stories, the beats of a story (20 essential moments your script should have); and the "Secrets of Writing for Television Drama", with an additional module on character-driven shows like True Detective Season 1.

On day two the workshop will cover the secret patterns of multiple genres to clarify the functional differences in story structure between genres, as well as for the sake of comparison.

The two day workshop costs R4000 for WGSA members in Johannesburg or Cape Town, R3800 for WGSA student members, and R4600 for non-WGSA members. There is an early bird special price of R3500 for WGSA members buying a ticket before 15 February, R3200 for WGSA student members and R4100 for non-WGSA members.

The one day workshop in Durban costs R2000 for WGSA members (R1750 early bird), R1900 for WGSA student members (R1600 early bird) and R2300 for non-WGSA members (R2050 early bird).

For bookings and more information email admin@writersguildsa.org