[Craft Series] Identifying Your Story Engine

Conrad Sun
Literary Manager, Meridian Artists

"This story engine Webinar is the best ever. I’ve read so many books, etc... and in only an hour with this, I feel like I truly get it." -Carrie P.

"The Webinar from Conrad Sun about Story Engines was EXTREMELY useful. I've been trying to crack my pilot and now realize what's been lacking in the script (some character goals, as well as stakes). I am going to re-outline my pilot after watching that." -Jaclyn C.

One of the main questions executives will ask a writer is, "What is the engine of your story?" It is the heart, and the fuel that drives your feature or TV pilot forward consistently. It’s what makes your audience want to keep watching. Your story engine is essential.

Manager Conrad Sun from Meridian Artists will break down how your story engine can manifest, and how to make sure it's clear and golden. He will be examining the engines for THE WALKING DEAD, ARMAGEDDON, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, JERRY MAGUIRE, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, and others! 

This 80-Min. Webinar Covers:

  • What exactly is a story engine?
  • How to test the viability of your story engine
  • The difference between internal vs. external stakes and how they’re co-dependent 
  • How to create empathy for your characters
  • How to properly communicate your story engine when you pitch 

About Your Host

Conrad Sun joined Meridian Artists in 2014 as an Associate and is now currently working full time as a literary manager. Based in Los Angeles, Conrad devotes his efforts toward building the Los Angeles roster, and managing all of Meridian's LA based clients for both staffing and development. Additionally Conrad works with the Toronto office to develop properties for the US market and prepare clients who plan to work in Los Angeles. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Alberta, Conrad started his entertainment career by founding a Calgary-based video production company in 2004. Soon he took his passion for film producing and entrepreneurship to Los Angeles where he attained his Master's Degree from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California. Since then, Conrad has gained experience working in content development at companies like Epix, Hasbro Studios, Gran Via Productions (BREAKING BAD) and New Wave Entertainment.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email, there will be a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to the page containing the Webinar recording. Under that link will be the Password you'll need to unlock the page and enjoy!


If you have any questions or any trouble accessing the recording, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!

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