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Friday, June 20 • 5:15pm - 6:15pm
PSS: Creativity Unbound: A Workshop in Story Plotting

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This is a highly interactive hour-long workshop in which participants, divided into small groups, interact within their group to attempt to come up with a half-page romanticist story outline in a half-hour.

Each group would start with any one of (a) a concept (b) a context (c) a half-logline (supplied on the day) (d) a historic incident (e) a popular naturalist film or novel story or (f) a blank sheet of paper. Acting as the Masters of the Fiction Universe (i.e. anything can be changed), the groups would seek to introduce elements of external and internal conflict, jeopardy, high stakes, fictional characters, and heroism, while keeping the principle of human-induced causality sacrosanct.

Facilitating the groups would be romantic-realism fiction writers Walter Donway, Vinay Kolhatkar, and Dale Halling.


Ideally, participants would have attended the Romanticism in Hollywood talk just prior , or recently read through Chapters 3 (Theme and Plot) and 4 (The Plot-Theme) from The Art of Fiction, edited by Tore Boeckmann from an informal course of lectures given by Ayn Rand.


Half-logline examples are:


  1. When a young military man returns from overseas deployment, he finds his parents, house, and the whole street missing, whereabouts unknown, so then....


  1. When a preacher with a terminally-sick daughter discovers an illegal stem-cell cure, so then...


  1. After an investigative journalist encourages her husband to have an affair to gain access to classified files, so then...


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Walter Donway

Publisher, Novelist, Essayist, Poet, Romantic Revolution Books
Walter Donway was one of the first trustees of the Atlas Society and served as trustee for 20 years; he was editor of the organization's first publication and has contributed many print and online articles to TAS. Walter is a poet ("Touched By Its Rays" and "How Glad I am for Man, Tonight") and fiction writer ("The Price of Hannah Blake," "The Lailly Worm," "O Human Child," and "Holidays Frightened My Father and Other Stories") who created the... Read More →
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Dale Halling

Patent Attorney, Law Office of Dale B. Halling, PC
Dale B. Halling is a patent attorney, with a BSEE, an MS in Physics, and a JD. He is the author of The Source of Economic Growth and The Decline and Fall of the American Entrepreneur: How Little Known Laws and Regulations are Killing Innovation. He and his wife, Kaila Halling, are coauthors of the novels Trails of Injustice and Pendulum of Justice, August 2013. Dale B. Halling is a named inventor on nine patents.
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Vinay Kolhatkar

Chief Editor, Publisher, Columnist, The Savvy Street
Vinay Kolhatkar studied screenwriting at NIDA, ScreenwritingU (LA), and at The Story Department. He wrote Casting Impressions, a short film that was produced by King Creatives, and a TV pilot titled "And Justice for Some." His debut novel, The Frankenstein Candidate, was published by Leadstart Publishing. He is the founder, publisher, and Chief Editor of Savvy Street (www.thesavvystreet.com), an online site devoted to Individualism and the Art of... Read More →

Friday June 20, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
President's Boardroom Manchester Country Club

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