Storyboarding for Nonfiction

Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Novice

They laughed, they cried, they blogged it.

Can a PowerPoint business presentation be riveting? Can a tech manual be a page-turner? Keep them glued to their Aerons using story structures from Hollywood. In this workshop, you’ll map your presentation, nonfiction book, or even a user guide into a compelling three-act story template.

Topics include better beginnings, story “beats,” transitions, keeping attention, rhythm and pacing, mind-mapping, finding/creating/using visuals, the three-act storyboard, making it memorable, the “oh cool, oh s***” technique, mind-mapping, idea-generation tricks, the killer climax, and more.

Bring a topic you’d like to communicate, and leave with a complete, high-level storyboard. This is an extremely high-participation workshop, but in a supportive low-stress environment.

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Kathy Sierra


Kathy Sierra worked as a game programmer, interaction designer, and learning specialist (Sun Microsystems, UCLA Extension) before co-creating the best-selling Head First series for O’Reilly. She was the original creator of one of the largest software developer communities,, and the author of a Technorati Top 100 blog, “Creating Passionate Users.”


Diamond Sponsor

  • Sun Microsystems

Gold Sponsors

  • Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Disney
  • Google
  • Make magazine
  • Yahoo! Inc.

Silver Sponsors

  • AdaptiveBlue
  • Jaduka

Premier Media Partner

  • ZDNet