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February Guest Speaker: Steven James

Topic:  The Story Cube: Rethinking Story from the Ground Up

Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at 6:30 pm

The Story Cube: Rethinking Story From the Ground Up
Ever since Aristotle, story theorists have been looking at story through a temporal lens—beginning, middle, and end, or first act, second act, and third act. But what if there was another way of conceptualizing story on a more elemental level? What if there was a way of understanding story that was easy to visualize and remember and that would apply to any genre you write? Well, there is, and in this seminar you’ll learn how it can transform your writing and storytelling forever.
 
Steven James is the critically-acclaimed author of seventeen novels. His books have been praised by Library Journal, the Associated Press, the New York Journal of Books, and Booklist, and garnered starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. He has served as a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest Magazine and is the author of the groundbreaking book Story Trumps Structure as well as the guidebook used by thousands of novelists, Troubleshooting Your Novel, both from Writer’s Digest Books. Publishers Weekly calls him “[a] master storyteller at the peak of his game.” When he’s not working on his next novel, Steven teaches Novel Writing Intensive retreats across the country with New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni. In addition to his writing and speaking, Steven also hosts the weekly podcast The Story Blender on which he has interviewed more than one hundred of the top storytellers and writers in the world. 
 
 

How to connect for the February speaker:

  1. At 6:15, click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81486424433?pwd=TGtaL1NkeGRhS01SZURsNExEQnhvZz09
  2. Your system may ask you to open or download the Zoom program. Say yes. 
  3. You’ll be presented with a screen of phone numbers.
  4. Here’s where you have an option.
    1. If you have an excellent internet signal and you are secure in your computer’s microphone and speaker ability, click on the “Computer Audio” option. 
    2. If you are unsure, then use your phone to call in. This means you will do all of your audio via phone, and your computer will just be used for video. (This is what most people should choose.) 
      1. On your phone, dial one of those numbers (there are so many because there are so many users trying to access Zoom these days. Just pick one). 
      2. When prompted, enter the Meeting ID. 
      3. When prompted, enter the Participant ID. (Scroll down to view it.) If you can’t find it, press #. 
  5. You should now be connected to both video and audio. 

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The TWA Critique group will meet via video call

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download and critique submissions in advance, like always.
  2. On Wednesday connect via video call to share your critiques. The meeting will start at 6:30. 
  3. Email your comments directly to the author after the critique. The author’s email address will be included in their submission. 

How to connect for the critique group (2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month):

  1. At 6:15, click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81486424433?pwd=TGtaL1NkeGRhS01SZURsNExEQnhvZz09
  2. Your system may ask you to open or download the Zoom program. Say yes. 
  3. You’ll be presented with a screen of phone numbers like this: 
  4. Here’s where you have an option.
    1. If you have an excellent internet signal and you are secure in your computer’s microphone and speaker ability, click on the “Computer Audio” option. 
    2. If you are unsure, then use your phone to call in. This means you will do all of your audio via phone, and your computer will just be used for video. (This is what most people should choose.) 
      1. On your phone, dial one of those numbers (there are so many because there are so many users trying to access Zoom these days. Just pick one). 
      2. When prompted, enter the Meeting ID. 
      3. When prompted, enter the Participant ID. (Scroll down to view it.) If you can’t find it, press #. 
  5. You should now be connected to both video and audio. 

Some things you should know:

  • I may mute you. I have some admin controls that allow me to address issues as they arise. I’ll use them as needed to help the meeting succeed. 
  • This might not work for all people on all systems. In general, video calls require a decent internet connection, and updated browser, and a few other tech requirements. We are choosing one of the most flexible video call platforms to help ease this, and we’ll do our best to support you, but please be patient. This is best effort on our part. 
  • This might be lumpy. There may be errors. We’ll figure this out as we go. 

FAQs

Can I mail my critiques to the author? 

No. We are not providing home addresses of the authors. Please send your comments via email. 

I hate technology and I don’t want to do this. 

That’s okay. You are welcome to download the submissions and email your comments directly to the author. No need to attempt the video call. Or, you can wait for the live group to resume. 

Is this free? 

Using the Zoom software to join this call is free. TWA is paying for a Zoom Pro membership to make this work. Your annual dues are covering this cost. Thanks for being a member and making this possible! 

What other questions do you have?

Email them to info@aksnyderbooks.com. 

Thanks for your patience as we work through the lumps in the process! Looking forward to seeing you all. 

Alycea