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Presenting Your Fantasy or Mythic Story

  • 14 Mar 2015
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • El Segundo Library 111 W. Mariposa Ave, El Segundo CA 90245


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With Kathie Fong Yoneda
and Pamela Jaye Smith

In the last several years, the fantasy and mythic genres have enjoyed great success on the best-selling book lists and on multiple media screens.  This workshop will focus on some of the ways to take your creativity to a higher level of effectiveness by helping you to define and enhance your plots, characters, worlds and action with classic myth-making and fantasy story-telling tools.

Noted mythologist Pamela Jaye Smith and former Disney studio exec Kathie Fong Yoneda will introduce you to the internal and external rules and challenges that will balance and complement your manuscript, by applying your own unique perspective, allowing you to present your project to publishers, editors, agents and producers in an attention-getting way that will hook their interest.

It’s no fantasy -- your project and your presentation will improve with the inspiration and information you’ll learn in this ground-breaking workshop.

There’ll be some time set aside for a limited number of authors to give a 5-minute pitch for feedback from Kathie and Pamela Jaye.


Kathie Fong Yoneda is an entertainment consultant specializing in development and marketing of live action and animated film, television, literary, and web projects. A former exec at Disney, Touchstone, Island Pictures, and Disney TV Animation, she has taught workshops worldwide.  Her clientele includes several award-winning writers and she is the author of The Script-Selling Game. Kathie serves on the board of directors for Imago (French production company) and The LAWEBFEST, co-exec produced the cable series Beyond The Break and teaches a popular online class, Pitch & Presentation, for Screenwriters University.

Pamela Jaye Smith is a writer, international consultant-speaker, and award-winning producer/director with over thirty years experience in media from major studios to wildly independent projects. Pamela authored 5 books for media-makers, is co-author of two children’s books, Petra Volare and Skruffy, writes short stories and articles and teaches online for writers groups. Her company MYTHWORKS helps people improve their stories, live their personal myths, and better present their projects.  Pitch Materials  PitchProxy Pros. She is co-founder of Alpha Babe Academy and Mythic Challenges – Create Stories that Change the World. 

Date: March 14, 2014, Saturday

Time: 1 - 4 PM

Venue: El Segundo Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo, CA

*$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members when you pay online

*Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and copies of the speakers' books 


Having trouble making your story fit the pattern of The Hero's Journey?

Can't quite make those paradigms match your own characters and plot?

Maybe that's because your story is actually based on a different pattern.

Contrary to popular opinion, The Hero's Journey is not the only Mythic Theme. It's certainly a good one but it is only one of many.

A few years after the publication of Hero With a Thousand Faces, Dr. Joseph Campbell modified his position and observed that for different times and places there were different mythic structures and archetypes.

This book introduces you to many other powerful Mythic Themes ranging from "About Face" to "Damsel in Distress", from "Stealing Fire From Heaven" to "The Wakeup Call".

Each Mythic Theme is explained and explored via:

* Media Echoes - other media on the same theme

* The Myth itself

* Mythic Meaning

* Symbols, Analogies, Metaphors, and more

* Plot Points - guidelines for your own story

* Mythic Statements - Theme, Mission, and Lesson

Using the guidelines in this workbook you can:

* Refine and focus your story theme.

* Select an appropriate sub-plot to enhance your story.

* Use the Plot Points as guidelines for plot drivers, incidences, and scenes in your story.

* Use symbols and images to spark audience recognition.

* Maintain your originality while tapping into the timeless power of these classic myths.

* Take your place in the long line of myth-makers who create moving and memorable stories that engage and entertain your audience.

The Script-Selling Game is like having a mentor in the business who answers your questions and provides you with not only valuable information, but real-life examples on how to maneuver your way through the Hollywood labyrinth. While the first edition focused mostly on film and television movies, the second edition includes a new chapter on animation and another on utilizing the Internet to market yourself and find new opportunities, plus an expansive section on submitting for television and cable.

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