Holiday All Day Seminar!
Start the holiday season off in true Hallmark fashion: halfway through October! Hallmark writers Zac Hug and Erin Rodman have joined forces to cover six-hours of the basics you’ll need to write a compelling and charming Christmas romcom.
Taught entirely on Zoom, we’ll start the day with a discussion of how to develop a concept into a pitch for not just Hallmark, but multiple outlets. We’ll talk about who’s buying Christmas movies and the best thing you can do to work your way toward writing one. From there, we’ll take a strong look at how to craft a lead character that the audience will root for, and who to put in their way: the romantic lead.
After a quick break where we suggest you grab a hot cocoa and listen to your favorite Christmas carols (yes, really!), we’ll come back and talk about the nuts and bolts of the structure of a romcom, whether it’s three acts or nine-acts. (If that’s confusing, don’t worry, we’ll explain!) Together, we’ll take a first crack at building your story and work our way into our favorite part: the side-characters.
The town busybody, the owner of the Christmas tree lot, they’re all here. In conversation and through various exercises, we’ll talk you through how to find a new spin on these classic characters, making them not just background characters but a living breathing world that your story can exist in.
Finally, we’ll talk through how to write a compelling scene complete with sparkling dialogue and striking visuals. We’ll send you off with new ideas and a solid understanding of the script you want to write (or rewrite).
Whether you’re just starting to crack into your outline or not sure how to fix the first draft of your Christmas movie, we’ve got you covered with not just the basics of a solid Christmas romcom but of writing a good movie, full of characters an audience will love. Join us for six packed and surprisingly fast hours on October 21st! We will start at 10am PST/1pm EST.
The six hour workshop is $99, nonrefundable.