Theme: What It Is, How to Find It, and How to Use It to Enrich Your Story

Room: Tuke Hall
Time: Saturday 10:30am

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with Scott Myers

Theme: What It Is, How to Find It, and How to Use It to Enrich Your Story image

What is theme? Story premise? The moral of the story? A story’s DNA? There may be no more confusing writing concept than that of Theme and yet it is critically important in pulling together a story and its meaning to readers.

In this session, Scott Myers will present a clear articulation of theme — what it is, how it functions, and how to use themes to both expand and focus your understanding of the stories you write.

With examples from movies including True Grit, The Shawshank Redemption, Tootsie, As Good As It Gets, and Moneyball, you will explore Central Theme, Secondary Themes, Talismans, Motifs, and Moments, and learn how you can use themes to enrich your stories and inform your story-crafting process.

Appearing in this session

Scott Myers

Scott Myers – Screenwriter, Producer, Educator

Credits include K-9 with Jim Belushi and Trojan War with Jennifer Love Hewitt

Scott is head honcho and scribe at Go Into The Story, official screenwriting blog for the Black List.
Scott Myers