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Monday, July 13, 2009

Workshop with Michael Hauge

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend a writing workshop hosted by Colorado Romance Writers. Author, consultant and speaker Michael Hauge gave a presentation that captivated novelist and screenwriter alike.

For 8 powerful hours, Michael Hauge kept his audience engrossed with his wit and humor, and his incredible talent for teaching the basic elements of writing in a manner that stirred many aha moments. Step by step, he took us through the process of plot vs scenes, identity vs essence and the dissecting the reasons why movies work or don't.

His most memorable, and useful, technique is the Six Stage Plot Structure. This method brings to the forefront of a writer's mind the journey your hero and heroine must take in order for your novel to bring emotional satisfaction to the reader. He drilled us through exercises designed to make us think about the characters and their GMC (Goal, Motivation, Conflict) in life. You may have studied GMC before, but not like this. The added bonus of attending this workshop with screenwriters was invaluable. So many questions important to the progress of a screen play relate to the completion of a novel. I appreciated this mixed audience.

To learn more about Michael Hauge, please visit his website www.screenplaymastery.com. Check out his books and DVDs. You won't be disappointed.

Also, please visit Five Scribes blog where Leslie Ann Sartor had the wonderful opportunity to interview Michael Hauge. Her interview offers a very well rounded view of Michael Hauge and a look into his talent and expertise.

If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of his workshops or purchase his books and DVDs, don't hesitate! Michael Hauge is among many things, a teacher of teachers.

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