Start writing script pages with a clear plan.
This 6-week online workshop leads you through a guided, step-by story and character development process to evolve your idea/concept into a solid script outline.
Start Date: February 17, 2020
Class Title: Prep: From Concept to Outline
Class Type: Online
Class Presenter: Tom Benedek
Class price: $495
Any professional writer knows how critically important the prep-writing phase is to the success of a script project. That’s where you ‘break’ the story enabling you to move into the page-writing part of your creative journey with confidence. In this popular 6-week online workshop, you take one of your stories from concept to outline and also learn an approach to story prep you can adopt and adapt on all future writing projects.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
A proven, professional approach to prep-writing: From a Protagonist Character Treatment to a Master Brainstorming List, Ten Major Plotline Points to Narrative Throughline.
- Six lectures to guide you through the prep-writing process
- 24/7 online forum discussions moderated by instructor
- Weekly writing assignments to develop and build your story
- Instructor and class feedback
- Due dates to motivate you to write and post assignments
- A weekly teleconference with instructor and class members
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE
Screenwriters, TV writers, novelists, and playwrights who want to develop their story to an outline enabling them to have the confidence to pound out a first draft.
FORMER STUDENTS/COLLEAGUES SAY:
“Tom Benedek is a teacher, writer and coach who puts in the extra time and effort to make sure that every story he mentors serves a necessary purpose. His expertise with characters and stories is transcended by how he goes out of his way to make sure that scripts provide the emotional punch that reminds us why we became screenwriters in the first place.”
~ Max Lance, Winner 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting
“Thank you for running such an excellent workshop. I learned so much, and it was a really great environment for trying out new ideas and getting honest, supportive feedback.”
~ Erin O’Connor, screenwriter – Miss Virginia(2018) with Uzo Aduba(Orange is the New Black)
Tom is great to work with – – a wonderful screen and TV writer. He understands how series television is built on the page and knows how to talk about it with students and professionals.
~Josh Brand, TV Writer-Producer – The Americans, Northern Exposure, Amazing Stories
“Tom has a very incisive understanding of all the ingredients that make a great screenplay. He’s also a first rate writer and a wonderful teacher.”
~ Michael Shamberg, Producer – Erin Brockovich, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty
“No teacher has been more influential to my career than Tom Benedek. From the University of Southern California to ScreenwritingMasterClass.com, Tom’s classes have never failed to encourage, educate, and inspire. In addition to my graduate coursework at USC with Tom, I have greatly benefitted from both ‘Network Hollywood’ and ‘Writing the Original Pilot Script’ at Screenwritmasterclass.com. I recommend Tom’s classes to every aspiring and developing screenwriter I meet.”
~ Adair Cole, Screenwriter — Norco (Dir. Mark Romanek, Prod. MadRiver)
I have thoroughly enjoyed the lectures and Tom’s insight, encouragement, and feedback. I highly recommend these courses to anybody — from beginners to those farther on the screenwriting path.” – Goran Spoljaric, Screenwriter
“What makes Tom stand out are: his ethics; his true caring and concern for each student and that student’s work; and his commitment to help each student successfully get what he or she needs to learn next to write a polished script — whether for the big screen or for tv. Thanks, Tom” – Melodie Beattie, Author
“Before taking your course I was frustrated trying to organize millions of details around a general idea. Your process was very easy to follow and it systematically aligned all those details into the elements essential for an organized story. ”
~ Karen Franz
“The Prep class has given me a set of practical tools to use to take the bare glimmer of a concept to outline in six weeks.”
~ James Tichenor
“I honestly can’t wait to get started on this script now, and to use what I’ve learned in Prep to go back and rewrite other scripts.”
“There’s a reason I wanted Scott to be the official screenwriting blogger for the Black List. He’s the best there is. Period.”
~ Franklin Leonard, founder, The Black List
“Scott is one of those rare finds as a teacher – someone whose tireless passion for instructing and helping others realize their potential never wanes and falters. It truly fulfills him to see his students do well – which is no doubt why he has so many avid fans and long-term relationships with his graduates in Hollywood. He has a knack for seeing a writer – and giving them feedback – even if the script needs a lot of work – that builds up the writer instead of breaking them down – allowing them to return to the page and begin again – getting better each time.”
~ Lisa Joy, screenwriter and TV writer-producer, Pushing Daisies (ABC), Burn Notice (USA), Westworld (HBO), 2014 Black List script “Reminiscence”
“I’ve known Scott for a number of years, going back to my first discovery of his excellent Go Into the Story blog, an invaluable resource for writers of both film and television. Since then I’ve known him to be an incredibly talented, knowledgeable and generous teacher and champion of writers. In a business with no shortage of hucksters, he is a true force for good.”
~ Mickey Fisher, creator and executive producer, Extant (CBS) and Red Planet (NatGeo)
BENEFITS OF THE ONLINE SCREENWRITING MASTER CLASS EXPERIENCE
- Access courses 24/7 on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
- Supportive, lively online community from around the world.
- Feedback from experienced instructor who is a also a professional screenwriter