*Winner - 2014 Dahris Clair Award for Screenwriting
*Winnter - 2014 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Screenplay, The Silver Bullet
*2nd Place - 2014 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Unpublished Fantasy Novel, Out of the Ashes
Jennie Jarvis worked in the film and television industry around the world. She served as a script analyst, producing coverage for producers, investors, actors and writers. She has operated as a freelance script consultant for over fifteen years working with clients worldwide, and she wrote and directed a number of short narrative and documentary films. Major credits include The Matrix: Revolutions, Accepted, American Idol, and more.
As a published writer, she co-owns 5writers.com and has won awards for her screenplays, essays, poetry and short fiction and appeared in Writer’s Digest Magazine and The Florida Writer. She is the Faculty Chairperson for the Florida Writer’s Association Annual Conference, and she teaches writing at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Her recently released textbook, Crafting the Character Arc: A Practical Guide to Character Creation and Development is published by Beating Windward Press.
Crafting the Character Arc
Many writers believe once they have their basic plot points in place, their stories are destined to succeed. But many narratives fall flat between those plot points and lose their audience before the big finish. Engaging the audience and moving the story forward in every scene is the responsibility of the characters, not the plot. But while many books on the craft of writing state that characters need to be three dimensional and change, a beginning writer isn't always sure how to turn these rather abstract ideas into concrete craft on the page.
Based on author Jennie Jarvis's acclaimed workshop, Crafting the Character Arc offers a practical guide to character creation and development by expanding upon the concept of the character arc and creating a step-by-step guide for writers to ensure that their characters are dynamic and engaging. Using narrative examples from multiple platforms, including novels, films and games, this is the essential guide for helping writers create an active and well-defined character arc.