Starting in May 2013 Fiona Cram began contributing some hints and tips to get people writing. Below are links to the current Toolkit postings.
In December 2012 I attended the 28th International Papillomavirus Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I was there as part of a panel presenting on the personal and public benefits of prioritising Indigenous Health – but more on that later. I attended the pre-conference public health workshop and the second day of the workshop was devoted to “The power of story: Learning storytelling techniques from Hollywood’s master storytellers.”
This post is about tools and techniques for creating a compelling story, as presented at the workshop by Jennifer Cecil, Executive Producer, Private Practice (ABC). Jennifer took us through a speed writing exercise – fabulous white-hot writing – that I’d really recommend you try yourselves.
This post is about outlining, for finding the shape of a story, as presented by Sarah Watson, Co-Executive Producer, Parenthood (NBC). It was the second writing exercise of the workshop.
The writing exercise I described in the second and third writer’s toolkit entries were originally about getting ideas on paper for a storyline in a television drama. If we take a different direction with this exercise it can be a useful process to go through to clarify and focus your writing for, say, a research paper or report.
Contributed by Fiona Cram