About the Weekend Workshops: Filmic Storytelling with Bruno Toussaint
You’re a writer, a screenwriter, a filmmaker or simply a film buff. You want to know about the secrets of film language, the cinematography, the soundtrack.
Whether you are writing a book, a screenplay or simply love film, you may be curious about the inner workings of film and how a director and his team can so powerfully enter your psyche and make you laugh, cry, love a hero, hate a villain, or quake with fear. Film has its own grammar and syntax, its own language: the language of image and sound.
This very entertaining two-day workshop presents the language of filmic storytelling. Over the weekend, we will work on identifying the cinematic methods and filmic devices that draw an audience into a story and close to its characters, and analyze how a narrative unfolds through different types of storytelling techniques.
Among many other things, we’ll look at the impact of Orson Welles’ famous use of wide angle lenses in the beginning of Citizen Kane, when we see the nurse entering Kane’s bedroom through the distorted wide angle of his glass snowball; John Ford’s amazing establishing shots of Monument Valley in Western Stage Coach; Xavier Dolan’s square frame shots used to box in the atmosphere in his recent film Mommy; and the maddening laughter coming from the next room, in Coen Brothers’ Barton Fink, when the screenwriter is trying to
overcome writers’ block.
This interactive workshop investigates filmic storytelling through film
excerpts and practical exercises. Concise concepts and examples will
illustrate how the basic building blocks of image and sound combine in films for greatest effect. Whether you are looking for objective tools to help you confidently translate material into the language of film, apply filmic devices to other forms of written material, or simply to decipher what you see without getting lost in a subjective quagmire, you’ll have an adventurous weekend of learning, guided by film guru Bruno Toussaint.
Choose your weekend workshop dates and location on the Register page.
This weekend workshop goes from 12:00 noon till 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, at our private loft. Location and other details will be sent to registered writers. Feel free to write to Margaret@RohmLiterary.com for more information.
About Bruno Toussaint
Join us for one of our 5-day retreat workshops at our private lofts in Paris, France; Biarritz, France; Andros, Greece; Palm Springs, Calif.; Santa Margarita, Italy; or Maui, Hawaii. Go the Register page to see the list of our upcoming workshops and courses.
We offer an acclaimed 5-day conferences and weekend workshops for authors of nonfiction and fiction, memoir, screenplays and plays. Develop your book, fine tune your manuscript, start something new, or perfect your writing in progress. Writers attend to generate new material, develop ideas, or shape their stories.
The workshops and courses are hosted by the Rohm Literary Agency and led by NY Times best-selling author and literary agent Wendy Goldman Rohm. Ms. Rohm's conferences have been held since 2002 worldwide, originally inspired by the series of honorary Masters Teas she presented at Yale University. (See the Kirkus Reviews' spotlight on Wendy Goldman Rohm.)
Contact us for help with your bookings or for more info. At the conferences and workshops, participating writers are guided through the creation process, fine tuning and perfecting their work--from the seed of an idea to a high-quality draft. (See Lonely Planet's 2019 review of Ms. Rohm's creative retreats.)
The 5-day conferences and weekend workshops include all sessions and continental breakfast (or lunch, if you are at a special event workshop). There is an optional networking soiree and group dinner each evening. For the full conference schedule, see the Schedule page or write to us. See the Testimonials page for reviews from authors worldwide.
The 5-day conference also offers optional outings and dinners with the attending authors. Writers book their own lodging nearby our conference loft, but we can help you with that (Margaret@RohmLiterary.com).
Go to the Register page to register online, or to register by phone, call 1-646-845-9185.
We are also offering a Special Weekend Workshop, immediately following the 5-day conference. Join Bruno Toussaint for his very entertaining weekend on Filmic Storytelling. See schedule and details above and on the Register page.
Wendy Goldman Rohm has taught and lectured for MediaBistro, Yale University, onboard the QEII, and numerous universities and organizations in the US, Europe and Asia. She has presented her writing workshops since 2002 across the U.S., Europe, Asia and India.
Rohm's writing workshops have been held in the US, India, France, Ireland, South Africa, and Thailand, and have featured numerous guest artists.
Our conference guests worldwide have included: Pulitzer Prize finalist Suketu Mehta (Maximum City; Knopf); legendary literary agent Phoebe Larmore, whose clients include Margaret Atwood and Tom Robbins; author Saket Soni (The Great Escape, Hachette/Algonquin Books), who developed his book with Ms. Rohm at the conference in 2018; best-selling author Rebecca Walker; author Mira Kamdar (Motiba's Tattoos); playwright Seamus Scanlon (The McGowan Trilogy); Broadway producer Brian Swibel; screenwriter and film director Pan Nalin (Samsara, Ayurveda: The Art of Being, and Valley of Flowers); journalist/author Livia Manera Sambuy (Philip Roth Unmasked; You'll Never Write About Me Again); French author/filmmaker Helene Guetary; author Bhaswati Battacharya (Everyday Ayurveda); creative director/author Prudence Fenton; Obie-award-winning playwright Robert Auletta; legendary literary agent Mr. Sterling Lord (who represented authors Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey, among others); playwright Fabrice Rozie (Transatlantic Liaison); author Hajjar Gibran (The Return of the Prophet); Glamour S.A. editor-in-chief/writer Pnina Fenster; acclaimed fiction and nonfiction authors Hilary Masters and Kathleen George; French novelist Bruno Garel; international bestselling author Peter Nichols; Emmy Award winning writer Alan Cooke; bestselling Thai author Thitinart na Pattalung; British screenwriter Jane Hawksley (Je T’aime Paris), and many others.
Rohm also hosts ongoing online Book Development Classes for authors worldwide. Go to the Register page to register online, or call 1-646-845-9185 (NY) to register by phone, or in Paris call: 0785 782 991. If you prefer you may email our administrative assistant at Margaret@RohmLiterary.com
WENDY GOLDMAN ROHM heads The Rohm Literary Agency and is a NY Times best-selling author whose books have been published in 14 languages around the world. Her work has been published by Random House, The New York Times Syndicate International, The Atlantic, Wired magazine, Tina Brown's Talk magazine, Vogue, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Financial Times of London, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and many others. Her writing workshops were inspired by the honorary Masters Teas she presented at Yale University. She's also been a literary agent and author for Sterling Lord Literistic; The Waxman Agency; Waterside Productions; and founded the Rohm Agency to represent emerging authors of fiction and nonfiction. She's been a commentator on numerous national and international broadcasts, including: Nightline, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, and dozens of programs on NBC, CNBC, PBS radio and television, CNN, CBS, ABC, and BBC radio and television. (See the Kirkus Reviews' spotlight on Wendy Goldman Rohm.) Rohm and Paris Writers Retreat are members of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.