Online Academy:

Creative Storytelling

Instructor: Micky Neilson, NY Times Bestselling Author, Former Head of Blizzard Entertainment’s Publishing Department

> Instructor Profile:

Micky Neilson is a two-time New York Times best-selling author whose graphic novels, Ashbringer (#2 on the list) and Pearl of Pandaria (#3) have both been published in six languages. As one of the first writers at Blizzard Entertainment, he has more than two decades of experience in the cutting edge of the gaming industry.

> Course Description:

Gain valuable, real-world insight and professional guidance from Micky Neilson, an established NY Times Bestselling Author and former head of the publishing department at Blizzard Entertainment. The philosophy and execution of Creative Writing will come into focus with lessons on character, concept, theme, pacing, outlining, suspension of disbelief, dialogue, general mechanics, world building, research and overcoming writer's block.

> This Academy Meets on:

Wednesday, July 29​​

Thursday, July 30

> How to Prepare for this Academy:

Watch the movie The Greatest Showman if possible

before attending the academy.

> Lesson Plan:

Day 1 

Three pillars of storytelling: Character, Concept and Theme. Three-act structure. Suspense. Flashback. Pacing. Dialogue. Worldbuilding.

Day 2

Outlining vs Exploratory Writing. Suspension of Disbelief. Exposition. Subtext. Logic. Motivation. Stakes. Conflict. Deus Ex Machina. Overcoming writer's block.

> This academy is for:

 This academy is open to students of all ages.

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