21st Century Storytelling: Writing Fiction for Film and Television

When you write screenplays, you go on a parallel journey with your characters that the audience will ultimately experience when they watch your film. What you experience when you write is a powerful guide that helps you create authentic, compelling characters through...

The Screenwriter as Storyteller

Create compelling film stories by using THE STORY CRYSTAL, a three-dimensional, spiraling molecule of plot, character and theme. Learn how your creative journey while writing connects you with your characters and the audience, and: How to build powerful stories...

Writing Great Comedies

Learn the 23 Essential Elements to write successful comedies that you can immediately apply to your current screenplays. THE 16 STORY STEPS for Comedy will show you how to navigate through your comedy scripts with skill and confidence, while revealing new...

Writing Great Thrillers

Thrillers are as intricately woven as a spider web, and function according to unique dramaturgical rules. Learn how to use the FOUR DEVELOPMENT MODELS for THRILLERS to write movies like THE MATRIX, THE SIXTH SENSE, MULHOLLAND DRIVE, THE CRYING GAME, and FARGO, and how...

The Human Comedy: Family Drama with Comic Overtones

JUNO, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, THE FULL MONTY, AMERICAN BEAUTY and AMELIE are internationally acclaimed, commercially successful films. What do they have in common? They are all modestly budgeted family dramas with comic overtones: the types of films that you can write,...

Story Constellations (experiential)

Engage in energizing group work to structure or re-structure your screenplays. See how your characters come alive as you clarify point of view and theme through your constellation of characters, and learn how: To build powerful stories through the Story Constellation...

Creating New Visions

Alternative structures and new visions for storytelling in the 21st Century: Linear and circular narrative structures Weaving together ensembles and story strands How to balance plot momentum and character development within alternate structures Using “framing...

Creating Dark Characters

Writing from your Shadow to create compelling, three-dimensional dark characters: How to build the “fateful triangle” of obsessive passion How to “see” and read the intimate body language of the characters you create for signs of inner conflict How psychological...