a three day writing workshop
with J.M. DeMatteis
"If you are serious about writing, and you need a creative jump start - RUN (don't walk) to this workshop! J.M.'s advice and insights on writing and channeling your artistic self into substantive work are invaluable. I left the workshop feeling inspired by J.M. and my fellow workshop attendees. Imagination 101 is a worthwhile investment, and it has made a lasting impact on my approach to creating and writing - Thank you, J.M.! I can't wait for Imagination 201!"—
When: Friday July 15th, 7 pm to 9 pm
Saturday July 16th, 10 am to 5 pm (90 minute break for lunch)
Sunday July 17th, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Martin Aaron Office Complex—Kingston, New York
Join master storyteller J.M. DeMatteis for a weekend exploring the realms of imagination, from the metaphysical to the practical. We’ll ponder the big questions...
~ Where do ideas come from?
~ What part does will play in the creative process?
~ Is the best writing actually an act of channeling?
~ Do we create the story or does the story create us?
...and tackle the day-to-day realities of a career writing superhero sagas, fantasy epics and animation:
~ What’s the difference between “Marvel style” and “full script”?
~ What’s the value of editors?
~ How do you handle rejection without jumping out the nearest window?
Come prepared to listen—as JMD shares stories and insights gleaned from more than thirty-five years writing comics, television, film and novels—but be prepared to work: you’ll pitch ideas, dialogue artwork and help create a story from the ground up. Bring all your questions, too: this won’t be a brief, two hour seminar. You’ll have an entire weekend, in an intimate setting, to explore your own creativity with J.M. DeMatteis as your guide.
Space is limited. If you’d like to begin the registration process, we request a non-refundable $100.00 deposit to hold your place in the class. To pay your deposit, please go to the following link:
After pre-registration is complete, we'll be back in touch with more information about the workshop, as well as lodging and travel info. Feel free to email with any questions:
"J.M. DeMatteis is not only an amazing writer, but a brilliant teacher, as well. Through the experience of Imagination 101, his wisdom and guidance have helped re-spark the pilot light of my creativity. In a mundane world of humdrum mediocrity, he has given me the tools to rediscover the nine year old in me and all the wonder that comes along with it."—
“What an amazing experience! I know that there are hundreds who can benefit from your guidance in honoring our creative selves and I really hope they give themselves this chance to challenge themselves and to go beyond whatever held them back in the past. This workshop deserves to be a top priority for any potential writer. I can't thank you enough!"—
“Mr. DeMatteis taught us a great deal about how to write outlines, scripts (in different styles) and even how to collaborate with other creative minds. The weekend was also packed with precious inside knowledge and the no-pressure and always-positive environment he created has literally jump-started the hesitant writer inside of me. Thanks, J.M., for encouraging me to write from within—and without fear.”—
“It was a great weekend! Can't recommend this class enough. Full of insights and inspiration. I've been writing like a maniac ever since. Looking forward to Imagination 201, 301, and then sipping scotch on the veranda with the lads from the class as we celebrate our first published works."—
"J.M led the workshop with a patient enthusiasm... He made it so intriguing to learn just how his characters came to him, how to tell their stories and how we could tell our own characters' stories. This was an imaginative, deep exploration into the creative process of character storytelling and creation that was both practical and inspiring. The group dynamic of creating our own storyline right alongside J.M himself was a thrill I will never forget. It was so much fun and went by so fast. Thank you!"—
"Imagine if you will, a place where you can become anyone...be anywhere...do anything. That's just what J.M. DeMatteis and his Imagination 101 workshop empowers you to do. It's intense. It's laid back. It's a weekend in an unassuming conference room, but you'll soon find out how to leave the conference room and create your own universe with the power of imagination and will. Also, cheese. Lots of cheese."—