We’re almost ready to get started (the workshop officially starts on January 19). In the meantime, here’s what you should do:
1. Join the Story Roadmap Facebook group
This is the place where you’ll interact with me during the workshop (other than the live calls). I’ll respond to questions within 24 hours and give feedback on your weekly assignments within 48 hours. You can also interact and connect with the other students in the group.
2. Fill Out and Submit Your Student Intro Form
To help me get to know you and your story idea a little better, please fill out the following form and submit it to me via email, prior to the start of the workshop. In the email subject line, write “Student Intro–Your Name” so I can easily find it.
3. Schedule the Group Calls Into Your Calendar
We’re having four 60-minute group calls during this workshop. The schedule is below. If you can’t make one of the calls, there will be a recording available, and you can pre-submit questions for me to answer.
Call 1: Jan 22 at 3 p.m. EST
Call 2: Jan 29 at 3 p.m. EST
Call 3: Feb 5 at 3 p.m. EST
Call 4: Feb 12 at 3 p.m. EST
Phone number: 530-881-1000
Access code: 116617#
Note: call recordings will be posted to the Facebook group within 24 hours after each call
4. Read (Or Review) the Following Articles
Here’s a series of blog posts on story structure by Larry Brooks of StoryFix.com that you should read if you haven’t read them already (and even if you have, review them).
They will familiarize you with the story structure terms and will help you get a grasp on the main information you need to know about your story.
- Story Structure: Just Possibly the Holy Grail of Storytelling
- Story Structure, part 1: Introducing the 4 Parts of Story
- Story Structure, part 2: Milestones Along the 4-Part Storytelling Road
- Story Structure, part 3: 5 Missions for the Setup of Your Story
- Story Structure, part 4: The Most Important Moment in Your Story (the First Plot Point)
- Hook vs. First Plot Point—Don’t Get Fooled
- Story Structure, part 5: Part 2 of Your Story—The Response
- Story Structure, part 6: Wrapping Your Head Around the Mid-Point Milestone
- Story Structure, part 7: Part 3—The Attack
- Story Structure, part 8: The Second Plot Point
- Story Structure, part 9: Pinch Points
- Story Structure, part 10: Part 4—The Final Act
- Story Structure, part 11: Epilogue—The Fine Print
These blog posts will give you a foundation for what you’ll be learning in this workshop.
Each week’s lessons will go over this information again, breaking it down piece-by-piece so you can use it to build a plan for your story.