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FICT 50 W — From Synopsis to Success: The Key Steps to Foolproof Story Development

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Apr 12—Jun 4
Refund Deadline: Apr 15
Units: 2
Tuition: $750
Instructor(s): Jeff Lyons
Limit: 20
Status: Open
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Apr 12—Jun 4
8 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 15
2 Units
Jeff Lyons
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The two linchpins of story planning are premise development and synopsis writing. If a story is going to fail, it will first do so at the premise level. The skills of creating, designing, and validating a premise idea are essential to every writer’s toolbox. In the first five weeks, students will learn the basics of story structure and premise development, and in the last three weeks they will transform their solid premises into a plan of action—that is, a synopsis of their novel or memoir. Each student will have the option to meet one-on-one with the instructor in a live videoconference to work through their premise idea and their synopsis writing. Throughout the course, students will give and receive feedback on each other’s premise lines and synopses. At the end of the course, students will have a thoroughly tested proof-of-concept premise line, a three- to five-page concrete and well-developed story synopsis, and an action plan for next steps in the story development or writing process.

Jeff Lyons, Story Consultant

Jeff Lyons is the author of Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success and Rapid Story Development: How to Use the Enneagram-Story Connection to Become a Master Storyteller. His writing has appeared in Writer’s Digest, Script, The Writer, and Writing Magazine (UK).

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Jeff Lyons, Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success (ISBN 978-1-315-73376-0)