October Write Brain: How Movies Make Us Cry: Emotion in Writing and Screenwriting

Oct 15, 2018 — 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Location: Library 21c - 1175 Chapel Hills Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80920 (get directions)


We’ve all done it at one time or another – cried at a movie, that is. We fall in love with the characters, get swept away by their stories, and find ourselves moved to tears in sadness or joy by the end of the journey. This is not a random thing – it’s a measure of strong writing and understanding, as a writer, what your audience wants to see. In this presentation, we’ll discuss the importance of character development and structure for writing novels by using a screenwriting focus and discussing popular and classic movies. Come learn how to tie what you’ve seen, enjoyed, and been moved by on the silver screen to your writing.

Books we’ll discuss (not necessary to have read it, but just in case you want to): Save The Cat (Blake Snyder), My Story Can Beat Up Your Story (Jeffrey Alan Schecter), Anatomy of a Screenplay (Dan Decker)

SPEAKERKevin Ikenberry is a life-long space geek and retired Army officer. A former manager of the world-renowned U.S. Space Camp program and a space operations officer, Kevin has a broad background in space and space science education. His 2016 debut science fiction novel Sleeper Protocol was a Finalist for the Colorado Book Award and was heralded as “an emotionally powerful debut” by Publisher’s Weekly. Kevin is the author of the military science novels Runs In The Family, Peacemaker, Honor The Threat, Vendetta Protocol, and the forthcoming Stand Or Fall. He is an Active Member of SFWA, International Thriller Writers, and an alumnus of the Superstars Writing Seminar.