It was a snowy spring day, a good day to stay home. As I settled in, the phone rang; it was a fellow writer and self-publisher who was hosting an event on screenwriting that day at a hotel near Stapleton, Denver’s old airport location. “Can you attend the workshop?” she asked. “I need a few more people there…and lunch is free.”
“I am writing a memoir, not a screenplay,” I said. And I thought to myself, who knows if that will ever get done. Why do I need to go?
“I just need to you come,” she replied, “as a favor to me.”
“ Okay,” I said. “I’ll be there.”
I left my warm, cozy home, wiped a thick layer of heavy, wet snow from the windshield of my vehicle, and headed for the event. When I arrived, I entered the conference room, grabbed a mediocre cup of coffee and sat down at one of the numerous round tables circling the podium.
Then, a slender blonde woman walked in the room. Her wild, free hair resembled a halo as the lights shone on her. Little did I know that this was, for me, a life changing moment.
Viki King began to speak about screenwriting, and within minutes, I knew I had to meet her. During the break I casually asked her to join my table for lunch. At the table, while I cut through an over-baked piece of chicken, she queried me about my writing project. I told her one thing, she told me another. Her insights were spot on. And then I knew this was someone special that I had to get to know.
That conversation happened nearly a decade ago. During the years, Viki helped me find the transformational power of storytelling. Now, we want to share this power with you.
As individuals and families who have experience with special needs, you often have to tell your story over and over again to gain the support and resources you need. Is your story powerful enough to get what you need?
Listen to our first segment with screenwriter, author and long-time Hollywood entertainment consultant Viki King.