STORY EXPO 2013 Recap
LOS ANGELES, CA – October 11th, 2013 – Eric Edson and The Story Solution team recently attended the largest expo in the screenwriting industry, STORY EXPO 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.
Starting this year, this expo brought together screenwriters, TV writers, novelists, journalists, graphic novelists, fiction writers, comic book writers and those who understand and appreciate the nuances that make a movie a box office success.
Derek Christopher’s STORY EXPO 2013 brought together over 60 Speakers, 100+ classes and 30+ exhibitors for attendees from all over the world, in what is being called the ‘screenwriting and scriptwriting event of the year.’ Screenwriter and university professor Eric Edson offered a completely new approach to writing powerful scripts to attendees.
The event had sell out numbers of both exhibitors and attendees this year, drawing industry members and exhibiting companies to the Westin LAX Hotel, September 6th-8th, 2013.
We embraced STORY EXPO as a perfect opportunity to share with many, many like-minded authors, students of screenwriting, members of the press, distributors, and retail book buyers. It was a place where connections were made, partnerships were forged, and brands were launched.
As we walked around the show and spoke with fellow authors about the current state of storytelling in the movie industry, a conversation we kept having at the event was how excited attendees were to be learning from so many masters in the field.
“It was just so much fun for both the presenters and the attendees to meet each other and discuss what we all love about writing, and to share insights in the creation of story,” said Eric Edson.
Syd Field delivered a poignant opening keyword speech about the writer’s development process. Syd is the author of 8 bestselling books on story and screenwriting, with sales topping 1.2 million. Story Expo attendees were delighted to have such an inspirational and pivotal figure like Syd Field to open STORY EXPO. Syd spoke about why we write stories, and the motivation behind why we try to change people’s lives with the stories we tell.
Michael Hauge and Chris Vogler delivered a Story Expo Exclusive! First time available anywhere. Christopher Vogler and Michael Hauge, creators of the iconic HERO’S 2 JOURNEYS course, explored THE ESSENCE OF THE HERO in this jam-packed, 90-minute session featuring the two legendary teachers.
The closing keynote was given by international known author and speaker Jen Grisanti, Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy, Inc. Jen is also the Director for Writers on the Verge at NBC, a former studio executive, a blogger for The Huffington Post and author of Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story, TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells, and her self-help book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life. Jen Grisanti gave an empowering address about the importance of living the truth of your own personal story.
Eric Edson presented four seminars on two topics; “Cracking Screen Story Structure” and “14 Character Categories in All Successful Screen Stories.” Each seminar was approximately an hour and a half. In these classes, Eric covered the 23 interlocking actions used in every successful movie to create dynamic heroes and emotion-filled plots, and the 14 character categories that are used by all successful authors.
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Other speakers included John Truby, Dov Simens, Steve Kaplan, Rex Pickett, Ellen Sandler, Arnold Shapiro, Jeremiah Comey, Pilar Alessandra, Father Steve, Richard Hatem, Chad Gervich, Leslie Lehr, Lee Jessup, Pamela Jaye Smith, Alejandro Seri, Troy Devolld and many others.
“This was an amazing event full of fun, networking and learning. Derek Christopher has created something of real value. We’re already looking forward to next year and making more new friends,” said Eric Edson.
Also included in STORY EXPO was an exciting pitch room where attendees had an opportunity to pitch their ideas and stories to over 80 major companies. Connections were made and deals were struck.
Everyone on the Story Solution team felt the show was a roaring success given the great education and new connections made at the event. Eric will be teaching new classes at the 2014 STORY EXPO and the Story Solution team looks forward to seeing old friends made in 2013, and new friends yet to come.
That wraps up our summary of STORY EXPO 2013. As always, we’ll be sure to keep everyone informed with our latest news and future presentations for the book. Thank you for your support!
About The Story Solution: The Story Solution was written by accomplished screenwriter Eric Edson. It reveals the 23 actions used to create dynamic, three dimensional heroes and link all parts of a captivating screenplay. He also covers screenwriting tips, screenwriting resources, and screenwriting books. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 818- 677-3192 for more information.