Painfree Synopsis Writing

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 by   3 Comments | Posted in Workshops
12/04/2017 – 12/29/2017
Novelists and Dramatists need to be able to summarize their stories in succinct 1-4 page synopsis format for marketing purposes.  Do you know how to take that 60,000-100,000 word masterpiece to a mere 500 words and maintain the vigor, and enthralling intensity of character and plot?  Since busy agents, editors and producers REQUIRE a synopsis, you better know how to create one that will hold their attention!
Course Outline:
  • Session One: Think Summary & Signposts
  • Session Two: Start with Invaluable Log Line
  • Session Three: Who is the Main Character, the Antagonist & the Person who Arcs?
  • Session Four: Paradigm/Spine-of-the-story, One Sentence at a Time
  • Session Five: What to Delete
  • Session Six: Write JUST the Beginning and the Ending Paragraphs
  • Session Seven: Write Three Paragraphs of Rising Action BETWEEN Beginning & Ending
  • Session Eight: Revise for Vivid & Vital Images & Action

About the Presenter, Sally J. Walker

Sally Walker’s published credits include literary, romance and western novels, a nonfiction essay collection, several creative writing textbooks, stage plays, poetry, and many magazine articles on the craft of writing, including staff contributions to two international film magazines for 10 years. With 30 screenplays written, several under negotiation at three different studios and her novel-to-screenplay adaptation on her plate, Sally has a well-respected manager representing her in Hollywood. In addition to long time active memberships in such national writing organizations as RWA, WWA and SCBWI, she was president of a state-wide writers organization 2007-2011. She keeps to a strenuous writing schedule and still has time to work as Editorial Director for The Fiction Works, supervising acquisitions and sub-contracted editors, as well as Script Supervisor for material sent to TFW’s affiliated Misty Mountain Productions. Sally has taught writing seminars, both on-site and on-line, for over 29 years and is the facilitator for the weekly meetings of the Nebraska Writers Workshop in Ralston, NE.  For more information on her works and classes go to her website at

Cost: FFP Members:$25/Non-Members: $30

Painfree Synopsis Writing


3 Responses to "Painfree Synopsis Writing"

  1. Donna DeBoard
    Comment by Donna DeBoard
    November 17, 2017 10:23 pm

    I’m interested in this workshop, but will have to know the times and dates before signing up. I will be traveling to my parents home to help care for them during the holidays. Where can I find this information?

    • Comment by Nancy Lee Badger
      November 18, 2017 9:46 am


      • Donna DeBoard
        Comment by Donna DeBoard
        November 26, 2017 10:45 am

        All signed up and ready to go!

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