C.S. Lakin presents “Shoot Your Novel: Cinematic Secrets to Supercharge Your Story”

Novelist, copyeditor, and writing coach, C. S. Lakin, will delve into screenwriting techniques to help authors write in a more visual and compelling way at our meeting on Saturday, November 18. Join us at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, for Lakin’s illuminating presentation, “Shoot Your Novel: Cinematic Secrets to Supercharge Your Story.”

We live in an era where readers are used to the fast-paced, visual play-out of movies and TV stories. Days of long passages of narration and distanced description are gone. How can a writer utilize the techniques of screenwriting—specifically a variety of camera angles—to play out a story so the reader can “see” it and experience it as powerfully as a film? Lakin will explore terms like Zoom, Match Cut, Close Up, Pan, Pull Back, Establishing Shot, and others with examples from successful novels to show how it’s done. Her presentation will tie in with her best-selling writing craft book of the same title.

C. S. Lakin has penned twenty novels, nine contracted to publishers in the last eight years. Her relational drama Someone to Blame won the 2009 Zondervan First Novel Contest at Mount Hermon Writers’ Conference and was given four stars by Romantic Times. She has a seven-book fantasy series for adults with AMG/Living Ink Publishers (The Gates of Heaven). She works professionally as a copyeditor and writing coach, guest blogs on top writing blogs, such as Writer’s Digest and Grammarly, and teaches workshops around the US.

Her blog, Live Write Thrive, won the top ten blogs for writers in 2012, 2013, and 2014 by Write to Done (out of more than 1,100 nominations) and provides year-long instruction for novelists. She also publishes a series of writing craft books called The Writer’s Toolbox Series, which are big sellers and have garnered much acclaim. Writing the Heart of Your Story, Shoot Your Novel: Cinematic Secrets to Supercharge Your Story, and The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction are a few of the titles.

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C. S. Lakin has more than 50,000 Twitter followers, 3,000+ Facebook likes, and her blog and newsletter have more than 6,000 subscribers and 10,000 unique visitors a week. She edits and critiques more than 200 partial and complete manuscripts a year.

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