Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Writing University's Eleventh Hour podcast features recordings of illuminative craft talks from the renown writers, novelists, poets, essayists who present at the Eleventh Hour Lecture Series during the University of Iowa's Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

Each week we release a tailored craft talk from the series, focusing on a wide range of topics such as Transforming Life into Writing, Humor Writing, The Music of Language and so many more.

Episode #120: Revising Like a Hack: Screenwriting "Rules" as a Guide for Rewrites


In this episode, Revising Like a Hack: Screenwriting "Rules" as a Guide for Rewrites, author Kerry Howley talks about using tricks of the trade from screenwriting in all genres.

No one wants your story, essay, or poem to read like Fast and the Furious 9. But Hollywood formulae reflect a kind of science of narrative satisfaction, which can be transformative for a piece that isn't coming together in precisely the right way. We'll apply a number of hallowed screenwriting maxims to works of nonfiction and fiction, from overall structure down to the level of the scene. This session will give you resources for revising work in any genre.

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This talk was originally given on Thursday, June 24, 2019 in the Phillips Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.