Hard Fantasy vs Soft Fantasy for Children

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Patrick Rothfuss image was taken from this interview.

In Talks at Google with Patrick Rothfuss, he answers a question dear to my heart. I usually discuss it in relation to children’s theatre, but it holds. They’re smarter than you think.

Audience Question: How hard is it to make hard fantasy versus soft fantasy for children?

Rothfuss: There’s an unfortunate tendency among people in general to say, oh, I’ll just write a fantasy novel because you can just make stuff up. And that’s wrong, because that’s not – you can just do a bunch of stuff and magic will make it make sense. You can, but that’s not good writing, it’s not good storytelling, it’s not good craft.

In my opinion, similarly, people, sometimes, in the genre, are like, well, boy, I wish I could write YA because then kids don’t know what a plot hole is, they don’t care about consistent characterization, they’re not gonna call me on the million dragons ecology problem that I’ve created, this is not a sustainable eco-structure. But that, in my opinion, is a really egregious cop-out. Because in the same way that food that we feed our children should be actually held to a higher standard than the food you give to an adult, because an adult can say, blech, this is awful, or they can read the label and go, oh, this has terrible things in it and it’s going to make me sick and give me cancer. A kid can’t. 

And so you owe it to kids to actually put more work into this because it’s harder to write short. It’s harder to write simply [sic]. It’s harder to do a lot of these things, and it’s harder to write cohesive, coherent, internally coherent fantasy. And you shouldn’t go to YA thinking, oh, my, this will be way easier. I can just bang out 30,000 words and then go play World of Warcraft.

No.

I do not approve.

I know that it’s hard, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try for it. That’s my philosophy.”

Outreach Nerd Broadcast updates

The past few months have been an experiment with G+ Broadcasts. Their purpose is to connect new audience with indie artists, but the same old methods of interviews aren’t doing the trick.

Imagine that. So I’m changing it up!

Out of all of the broadcasts I tried, here is what has survived – all in a slightly new form:

Outreach Nerd – TUESDAYSbuddha

1st Tuesday/month 7pmPT/10pmET: #SpaceNerd

All levels of expertise or newbies in one Hangout to catch up on Space News

2nd Tuesday/month, time TBA: #OutreachNerd 

Useful Outreach tips & examples of people/orgs doing it right

3rd Tuesday/month, 10amPT/1pmET: #MediaNerds

Co-Hosts Etta Devine & Caroline Sharp join me to discuss how the media we consume affects individuals & society. Formerly the Bechdel Test Talks.

-4th Tuesday/month, time TBA: Outreach Nerd w/ Special Guest 

Web Series Watch* & Live Streams – WEDNESDAYS

Upon request & monthly at East LA Rep’s By Appointment

*Be sure to follow this new series, which has its own site/channel. Co-hort Patty Jean Robinson & I dig deeply into the web series world & bring you our picks!

#FundingFridays – FRIDAYS

Guests will now include Fund-raising/Crowd-funding experts, paired with artists who’ve run successful campaigns.

Have a campaign to promote? You can join the Broadcast, ask your questions of the experts & plug your project at same time.

In-between, you’ll see new outreach-related works, but this is the new regular schedule.

Want to be a guest or have questions? Comment below & I’ll reply within 48 hours.

Social Media Boot Camp

Most self-producers do it to get their work out there – so how to  reach audiences beyond your friends and family?DSCN9326

Social Media Boot-Camps at Theatre Asylum

Interactive workshops, giving useful takeaways regardless of your budget or manpower.

Each workshop is $40.

All 5 for $175. – Pay for all 5 Workshops

Bring an additional person for an additional $20.

 

FEB 16 – Pay for Workshop
Self-Promoting Without Annoying Your Friends

Comment below or email smb@combinedartform.com to pay for the archived video & worksheet.

 

FEB 23– Pay for Workshop

Build Your Marketing Strategy

  • What is your show’s story?
  • Who is your audience?
  • Who are your audience’s influencers/
  • How can you target them?
  • Basics of a pitch to media & bloggers
  • Includes basic media lists
Panelist at Broad Humor Film Festival with Comediva Founder Erika Cervantes & Susan diRende.

Panelist at Broad Humor Film Festival with Comediva Founder Erika Cervantes & Susan diRende.


MAR 9 – Pay for Workshop

Telling Your Show’s Story Online

  • In depth, interactive look into your show’s story & how it translates to social media
  • Where is your story best told?
  • How to schedule posts for maximum views
  • Creating posts that tell the story better than words
  • Moving beyond your friends & family to reach new audiences
  • Difference between PR, Publicity, Marketing, Outreach & Audience Development
  • How those differences help your storytelling
  • Translating good story to butts in seats


MAR 23– Pay for Workshop 

Pitching Press/Audience in Person & Online

  • Building a lasting Media List
  • Difference between PR, Publicity, Marketing, Outreach & Audience Development
  • Finding & Pitching Bloggers & Influencers
  • DOs & DON’Ts of Pitching
  • Bring your elevator speech! Every participant gets a pitch coaching session during workshop
Gregory Crafts & Crowin Evans perform how NOT to approach a potential nonprofit partner. Watch video.

Gregory Crafts & Corwin Evans perform how NOT to approach a potential nonprofit partner. Watch video.


MAR 30 – Pay for Workshop

Mind the Gap: Reaching New Audiences on Twitter

  • Basics & Best Practices
  • Twitter as your best Research Tool
  • Building Strong Relationships with Audience & Press before asking them for something
  • Utilizing word of type to your advantage pre and during your events
  • Gaining attention of Press without pitching
  • Finding & Enlisting Influencers as Brand Ambassadors
  • Running Giveaways & Ticket Discounts

Email smb@combinedartform [dot] com to get on the mailing list or comment below.

MORE APRIL – JUNE

APRIL 6 – Standards & Best Practices for Social Marketing

APRIL 20 – Using Video to Promote Live Performance (includes YouTube basics)

Good reading: How to turn your office (or home/rehearsal room) into a video production studio

MAY 11 – Marketing Strategy in the Thick of Production

MAY 24 – Press/Media/Influencer Brunch Mixer

JUNE 8 – Standing out at a Festival without Being a Dick