Alex is an internationally acclaimed story structure teacher and workshop leader. She has presented her Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workshop for conferences such as Left Coast Crime, Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of Australia, PASIC, YARWA, West Texas A&M Writers Academy, and numerous small conferences and weekend retreats throughout the country, and has taught film story structure at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.
Alex's extensive background in theater, screenwriting and novel writing makes her uniquely qualified to teach story. Film structure is easily adaptable to novel writing and her emphasis on taking inspiration from favorite movies to unlock the secrets of story structure resonates with writers of all levels of experience.
All the information from Alex's workshops and blogs, compiled in a practical, comprehensive format, with writing assignments targeted to help you develop a premise, outline your book, write the #$%%^&$ thing, and rewrite—and even have fun along the way.
Alex's dynamic, interactive workshops have energized and inspired aspiring and professional writers alike.
The workshops are presented in two-hour, full-day, or weekend format. Alex has limited availability to teach during the year; if you are interested in booking a workshop, please email her.
Alex regularly blogs on story structure and visual storytelling techniques at her Screenwriting Tricks for Authors blog. Try these articles to get started!
Table of Contents
How to Use This Website
What is the Three-Act Structure and Why Should You Care?
The Three-Act, Eight Sequence Structure
What's Your Premise?
The Index Card Method and Story Structure Grid
"Sokoloff's advice is spot-on, and her teaching style is direct and effective. A must-have book for authors and screenwriters."
—JA Konrath, bestselling author of A Newbie's Guide To Publishing
"Believe it or not, story-telling is an art as well as a craft, and Alex Sokoloff's Story Structure is the owner's manual that belongs in every writer's toolkit. Alex dissects the elements of story-telling with clarity, wit and wisdom. Don't thank me—buy the damn book!"
—Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of Ladies' Night and Summer Rental
"I'd already written fifteen novels by the time I met Alex and discovered her unique approach to structuring fiction. She changed my entire writing process for the better. I couldn't live without my three-act storyboard! Alex is a gifted and generous teacher and author, and Story Structure is a must-have book for new and seasoned writers alike."
—International bestselling author Diane Chamberlain
"Whether you're an old pro or an apprehensive beginner, Alex Sokoloff offers a sensible nuts-and-bolts approach that puts you in control of your material."
—Margaret Maron, Edgar®, Agatha, Anthony & Macavity Award-winning author of the Deborah Knott mysteries
"Sokoloff is a generous mentor with the gifted ability to address a storyteller's practical concerns while encouraging artistic integrity and every author's unique voice. Only three of my half dozen novels have been written with her unwitting guidance, but I can guarantee that with this book at my fingertips, all my future work—and my reading audience—will benefit from her advice. Recommended without reservation."
—Vicki Pettersson, bestselling author of the Sign of the Zodiac series
"If there's one person that can help you wade through the chaos of your pages and find the most compelling way to tell your story, it's Alex. No matter who you are (novice writer, veteran) or where you are (first draft, final revisions, nothing-but-a-vague-idea) her workshop will send you racing back to your manuscript with clarity, inspiration and the 'aha!' of the big picture."
—Harley Jane Kozak, actress and Macavity, Anthony and Agatha Award-winning novelist
"I loved this book! Alexandra Sokoloff breaks down the screenwriting process in easy-to-understand steps with examples from current movies and the BEST practical examples. Her unique and always lots of fun lessons are empowering for first-time writers as well as those with finished screenplays looking to take their project to the next level. Indispensable."
—George LaVoo, co-writer Real Women Have Curves, writer/director A Dog Year