Pages I: Writing The First Draft


There is only one rule about a first draft:

“Get the damn thing done.”

Write your first draft now in good company. Increase your craft knowledge in screenwriting. Learn a professional approach you can call on for all future script projects. Receive constructive feedback along the way from instructor and fellow writers.



Class Starts: January 29, 2018

Class Title: Pages I: Writing the First Draft
Class Type: Online (10 weeks)
Teacher: Tom Benedek
Class Price: $795


In this 10-week online workshop, a series of posted lectures, weekly writing assignments, workshop teleconferences, personalized feedback help you pound out pages so you push yourself from FADE IN to FADE OUT


Using examples from The Social Network, Gladiator, Amelie, Michael Clayton, The Devil Wears Prada and other scripts, posted lectures and discussions will cover:

  • Overview of Screenplay Structure
  • Your Structural Plan – Story Outline/Beat Sheet
  • Inciting Incident
  • Major Plot Points
  • Writing Dramatic Scenes
  • The First Ten Pages
  • Character Driving Plot
  • External Conflict
  • Internal Conflict/Throughline
  • Themeline Movements
  • Protagonist
  • Antagonist
  • Subplot
  • Character Archetypes
  • The Second Act – Culmination
  • The Third Act – Resolution
  • Time Broken Narrative
  • The Rewrite


  • Weekly writing assignments(with due dates) to motivate you to write pages
  • Weekly teleconference workshop meetings with instructor and class members
  • Written lectures and optional script readings each week
  • 24/7 Online Forum Q&As moderated by Instructor


Screenwriters (AND writers with any level of experience) wanting to start and finish a complete screenplay draft now


“My knowledge and confidence in storytelling has improved tenfold since taking part in the Pages course. I have thoroughly enjoyed the lectures and Tom’s insight, encouragement, and feedback. I highly recommend his courses to anybody — from beginners to those farther on the screenwriting path”. ~ Goran Spoljaric

“Tom’s questions and suggestions challenge you to push the narrative and strengthen the spine of your story. How many courses provide personalized access to an experienced, working screenwriter!” ~ Matt Lintner

“It was obvious to me from the first class that Tom’s screenwriting acumen stems not from theory but from practicing the craft as a working screenwriter. His knowledge of screenwriting and his hands-on experience translates into clear, easy to grasp teachings that benefit beginner as well as more advanced screenwriters. His depth of feedback has helped me tighten my script, develop a clearer theme and flesh out my characters better that any class I’ve taken before”. ~ Ourdia Hodge

“Pages I: Writing the First Draft is the best screenwriting workshop I’ve ever taken, hands down. Not only is the approach informative and comprehensive, it breaks down the writing process into manageable chunks from Fade In to Fade Out.”– Valli Leigh

“Over the years I’ve bought and read many books on screenwriting. None of them got me as far in my goals and understanding as the Pages I: Writing the First Draft course.”– Dawn LeFever

“Until I took Pages I: The First Draft, I often wondered if I would ever finish a screenplay. Pages I not only gave me the tools and knowledge to craft a screenplay and finish it, it changed the way I think about writing.”– Katie Cobb


  • Access courses anytime and anywhere on your computer, tablet or smartphone
  • Learn the craft amidst a supportive, lively, and fun online community from around the world
  • Receive feedback from an instructor who knows the business and has a passion for writing, teaching, learning