BendFilm Festival 2021

STORYFINDING®: Mining Narrative Gold from Character with Warren Etheredge

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To tell a great story, you must first understand what it is or, more precisely, why it is. 

Storyfinding® is a unique process that harnesses your curiosity and compassion to create game-changing narratives that provoke, persuade, and empower. Learn how to craft character-based tales that are deeply personal and, almost magically, universal. Warren Etheredge will share the secrets of his Storyfinding® technique — a process he has honed over 25 years writing for television, theater, and film. You’ll learn how to develop a Nugget, Conflict, and a seven-sentence fairy tale, all rooted in your emotional experience of the world, in order to gain clients, win over colleagues, earn green-lights for projects, and garner the respect of your peers. You’ll understand your story so well that its power will be evident whether you share it as a novel, a screenplay, an elevator pitch, a press release, or a full-fledged business plan.

If you would like to be an active participant in the workshop, you can sign up here for free here. There are only ten spots available for active participants. If you sign up and the ten spots are filled, you will be added to a waitlist. If you would rather watch the workshop and not participate, just "Unlock" this film for free and learn by watching.

To participate in this workshop, you will:

- First tell your story idea to Warren.

- Work with Warren to find the "story" behind your idea.

- Create a 7-sentence structure of your story idea to get it ready to pitch.

Warren Etheredge is a Storyfinder™, a producer, published author, staged playwright, veteran festival programmer, and public speaker. As a producer, his previous credits include Personhood (d. Jo Ardinger), Furever (d. Amy Finkel), Hapa (d. Abby Alishio), Last Requests (d. Courtenay Johnson), and the webseries, The Enchanted Kitchen with Sasha Graham. He teaches screenwriting and filmmaking at the University of Washington and Cornish College for the Arts and he is one of the founding faculty of TheFilmSchool and The Red Badge Project. He has hosted multiple television series including The High Bar, Scene! & Heard, Reel NW on KCTS, and ArtsLink. He is the co-founder and curator for the Walla Walla Movie Crush, shorts programmer for The Seattle Jewish Film Festival, and director of film programming for the Gesa Power House Theater. Warren is the founder of The Warren Report.