Writing the Low-Budget Film
Learn the craft of writing scripts for smaller scale production by studying the fundamentals of groundbreaking low-budget movies.
Character Development Keys
Use five archetypes — Protagonist, Nemesis, Attractor, Mentor, Trickster — to develop your story’s characters and help them come to life.
Writing the TV Pilot Script
Become familiar with the fundamentals of TV show development. Learn how to write your series from idea to script.
Writing Scenes – Sorkin to Tarantino
Analyze classic scenes by master storytellers Aaron Sorkin and Quentin Tarantino and apply key principles to your own scene-writing capabilities.
Pixar and the Craft of Storytelling
Learn Pixar story dynamics — Small Story / Substantial Saga, Special Subculture, Strange Sojourners, Separation, Sentimentality, Surprise — and how to use them in your own writing.
The First 15 Pages
Study how to get your script off to a rock solid start by setting tone, introducing characters, establishing conflict, and more.
Explore how to handle setting, information, data and backstory through the use of Fascination, Mystery, Revelation, Conflict, Action and Humor.
Joss Whedon – Creating Characters
Discover how Joss Whedon shapes his characters and plants them in his story worlds, then use those tools to develop your own characters to enrich your own stories.
Coen Brothers and the Craft of Storytelling
Analyze every movie the Coen brothers have written and directed to reveal narrative principles you can use to develop and craft your own stories.
Original Voice – Building Strong Writing Style
Discover ways to strengthen your pages with improved style. Take a close look at how the writers we admire optimize their writing language. Absorb methods to elevate your pages.
Story Summaries – From Loglines to Beat Sheets
Cover multiple story summaries including Logline, Synopsis, Breakdown, Treatment, Scriptment, and Beat Sheet, tools you can also use to develop and craft your stories.
Pixar Scene-Writing Tool Kit
Study classic Pixar screenplays to learn simple techniques to add story and character dimensions to your script.
Scene Description Spotlight
Learn the latest styles and approaches to writing clean, effective and entertaining scene description including imagematic writing, psychological writing, and more.
Create a Compelling Protagonist
Learn ways to dig deep into your story’s Protagonist to discover personality dynamics that can make a multidimensional lead character and steer you through the plotting process.
Write a Worthy Nemesis
Discover key principles to help you craft a Nemesis who goes beyond the stereotypical Bad Guy to a living, breathing, and powerful antagonist figure.
Study key writing principles, techniques, and tips, then put them into practice by workshopping your characters in dialogue-centric scenes.
Immerse yourself in the craft of scene-writing through a combination of proven, professional theory, tips and techniques, then apply them in a series of workshop exercises.