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Lessons of Firefly : Learning From the Works of Joss Whedon

Sunday 14 December 2008, by Webmaster

January 5-30, Standard Workshop

Lessons of Firefly: Learning From the Works of Joss Whedon Presented by Jacqui Jacoby

Joss Whedon, Hollywood writer/director and creator of the FIREFLY approved this workshop.

Though Joss Whedon’s television show FIREFLY only aired through the fall months of 2002, it has continued to generate followers through word of mouth, DVD sales and an exhaustible amount of followers known as “Browncoats”. The Romance Writers of America have many “Browncoats” in their midst as Jacqui Jacoby learned though discussions with members at the RWA National Conference in both Atlanta and Dallas. Many of these followers love to listen and talk about what they learned from watching the series. Discussing dialogue is a favorite pastime, both at the conferences and online in writing loops.

FIREFLY, created by the Rod Serling of our generation, was a masterpiece of writing. Each of its thirteen episodes taught character development, dialogue and plotting techniques. Its motion picture sequel, SERENITY, not only touched on these subjects but added relationships, loyalties and loss to its repertoire.

In this workshop, Ms. Jacoby will reveal the lessons of FIREFLY. By using class participation and examples from the episodes, she will translate with words what Mr. Whedon was teaching us on screen.

Joss Whedon has reviewed this workshop and has given his permission for it to be offered to The Romance Writers of America.

As a die-hard Firefly fan who can quote dialogue and scene from both the series and the movie, Jacqui Jacoby knows how to get a crowd excited about the Lessons of Firefly. She is a workshop teacher who has appeared both live and online to give such classes as “From Austen to Aliens: How to Create Classic Tough Chicks” and “Behind the Scenes: The Research Before the Book.” She has the experience to get in front of a group of writers and teach them the lessons of the Firefly Phenomena. Winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award in Excellence, as well as the Suzannah and the Dixie for her books, Ms. Jacoby’s articles have appeared worldwide. Lessons From The Giants ran in publications in the United States, Canada and Australia. Her latest article, Tough Chicks: Heroines in Today’s Market ran in the June 2006 RWR Magazine.

To prepare for this workshop, Ms. Jacoby sought out and found Mr. Joss Whedon himself. It is with his blessing this class is being offered exclusively to The Romance Writers of America. Documentation is available if necessary. A graduate of UCLA, Ms. Jacoby lives in the Arizona mountains with her husband of twenty-four years and their three children. Besides studying martial arts and sword fighting, Ms, Jacoby has recently returned to school to achieve her second Bachelor of Arts, this one in Modern Languages.

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