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Sunday, August 9 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
How High Concept Really Works

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High concept is a Hollywood term that refers to a premise that has pizzazz and instant appeal. It also means the story idea is easy to boil down in a sentence or two; it involves high stakes; it’s written in a discernible genre; it’s entertaining and visual; It’s original, and while the concept pushes boundaries, it also has wide appeal. We’ll discuss some famous high concept novels and films, creating media buzz, and how you can apply the principles to your pitch, synopsis, and storyline. We’ll also discuss how high concept can attract more than one age group. Some of the stories under discussion: The Fault in our Stars, Gone Girl, The Princess Diaries, Star Wars, Hunger Games, the Bourne and Harry Potter series.

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Jessica Morrell

Jessica Page Morrell understands both sides of the editorial desk–as an editor and author. She writes with depth, wit and clarity on topics related to writing and creativity along with other topics and is the author of Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us, A (Sort of) Compassionate Guide... Read More →

Sunday August 9, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Ross Island/Morrison

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