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Special Guest Critiquer Jan CJ Jones for January!

Posted by Jenny Maloney on January 25, 2012 at 5:45 PM

For our January meeting, coming up on Sunday, UGWP is happy to announce that we will have special guest critiquer Jan CJ Jones to visit.


"An award winning writer and video editor, Jan has produced, co-produced, adapted, video-edited, and/or written everything from short and long form videos to theatrical and multi-media presentations. As an avid photographer and graphics artist, Jan is the owner-operator of Freelancer Ink, a digital graphics production company. Jan has successfully mentored students preparing for entry into industry-focused universities and has instructed workshop groups in writing for visual media.


My strength is understanding story structure and audience psychology... knowing what the viewer "needs" to see, and when, in order to keep them engaged, entertained, and satisfied with their viewing experience." ~from the Forest Rose Productions website


She has generously agreed to do a special workshop for UGWP members designed to help us develop our pitch and refine the selling points of our novels/work. This means that our Sunday meeting will be run a little differently - anyone interested in watching us behave as guinea pigs is free to join us, but please be aware that the presentations are limited to UGWP members.


Here's how the presentations will work (this is a reminder post for members as well as info for those who would like to know what the heck we're doing):


1. The authors will briefly introduce themselves. Name, writing interests, what element in their writing is important to them, what they believe to be their strengths and (more importantly) weaknesses, and where the authors see themselves in ten years.


2. Genre, title, and slugline (logline) of the novel and a VERY short synopsis (what the author might wish to read on teh back cover) of the novel.


3. The five major beats of the story:

  • the hook
  • the inciting incident
  • midpoint
  • major setback
  • climax
  • denouement


4. Read aloud the first three pages - double spaced, Courier 10 or equivalent - and no *squeezing* or cheating. Two copies so she can read along...up to eight copies if you want group members to read along as well.


Let's face it - eventually you have to sell your work and this exercise is geared toward developing your sales pitch...whether to an agent, editor, or a producer.


If you have any questions, just email me at [email protected]

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