What’s the Plot? Harnessing Dramatic Structure for Any Genre

with Jeff Pfeiffer

Saturday, April 10, 2021

9:30 – 11:00 am (CT)

On Zoom

You have a great story. You’ve told it a thousand times. You’ve got memorable moments, compelling characters, beautifully detailed writing, but how do you put it all together? Some writers think of “plot” as a necessary contrivance—something to hang the fun stuff on—but, in fact, plot is an essential component in any genre. It’s more than just the bones. It’s a way to make sure your story is told in the most logical, impactful fashion. One way to craft a successfully working, dynamic story is by understanding dramatic plot structure. 

~Dive into an overview of dramatic structure from Aristotle to the latest television and film dramas. 
~Examine the “Hollywood” paradigm, and “act break” structure.  
~Learn to utilize step outlines, beat sheets, and more.   
~Discuss adaptations and how to perform the difficult alchemy of transforming a work of prose fiction or memoir into a screenplay. 
~Last, but not least, we will harness the power of structure and make it work for you—whatever your genre, whatever your level.

($30 for Current Roundtable participants and WWA members)

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Jeff Pfeiffer is a playwright, screenwriter, television writer, and instructor with over 10 years of experience in entertainment and writing. His credits include dramatic television, documentary, produced stage, and games. He holds an MFA in playwriting from NYU-Tisch and is a member of the Writers Guild of America.