We'd been sitting in a standard-issue downtown Austin hotel meeting room, taking notes fast and furious like stenographers, for two nine-hour weekend (!) days, as L.A. screenwriting guru John Truby showed film clips and mapped out the 22 essential building blocks for creating story structure, revealing the key to shaping heroes and antiheroes that audiences will care about. When it was over, rather than bolt for the door, we actually stared at our watches in disbelief that 18 hours could have passed so quickly. Way different than the usual You, Too, Can Make Millions Writing the Great Hollywood Script session, Truby's seminars are scholarly and seriously literary. We couldn't wait to get home, review our notes, and get to work.
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