Dennis Maulsby to offer class: Write with Your Movie-Mind

Write with Your Movie-Mind, Fire Up Your Prose and Poetry

Instructor: Dennis Maulsby
Wednesday 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Four weeks, Sept. 14 – Oct. 5
Cost: $44.00
Horton Multi-purpose Conference Room, ISU Alumni Center

(Note: must be fifty years old or older to register for the workshop.)

Class limit 15 REGISTRATION

This workshop is suitable for writers (poetry and prose) of all skill levels. Move through a narrative concept in three dimensions — just like in the movies. Take all the roles to flesh out your story, be the scriptwriter, set designer, properties manager, cinematographer, costume designer, actors, special effects person, and director. Translate the fruits of your role-playing into a story or poem with rich detail and motion.

Plot bones: A woman inherits a long-abandoned 150-year-old Victorian mansion complete with ghostly spirit(s). She hires a man with a reputation for ridding houses of spooks. They meet for the first time in the library (15 feet by 30 feet by 10 feet) of the old hulk.

Topics to be covered:

  • Discuss roles and concept. Sketch out a floor plan of the room. Draw in doors, windows, furniture, accessories, etc.
  • Floor plans, bios, and plot outlines discussed. Material to be presented on how to revise and improve.
  • Stories/poems to be written, enhanced, and made to come alive.
  • Drafts to be read aloud, reviewed, and critiqued.

Dennis Maulsby is a retired bank president living in Ames. His poems and short stories have appeared in The North American Review, Passager, The Hawaii Pacific Review, The Briarcliff Review, and on National Public Radio’s Themes & Variations. His Vietnam War poetry book, “Remembering Willi,” won silver medal book awards from two national veterans’ organizations. His second book of poetry, “Frissons,” a collection of haiku, was published in 2012. A third book of poetry, “Near Death/Near Life,” was released May 30, 2015 by Prolific Press. The author’s book of linked short stories, “Free Fire Zone,” is scheduled to be released by Prolific Press in the last quarter of 2016.

Author: iowagerry

Retired gentleman living with his wife and yellow lab in central Iowa. Charter member of Iowa Partners in Learning and the Ankeny Writers Workshop.

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