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Spring Into Summer Writing Your Passion Project
Do you want to write your next project but haven’t gotten around to it? Or did you get started, and then put it down?
I know how to jumpstart you into writing your next script or book with skill, confidence and style. I’ll be your story mentor, and I’ve got a 100% success rate supporting fiction and non-fiction writers to get their stories onto the page!
How do we work together? You’ll either submit a 1-3 page brainstorm about the project your project or simply tell me about it. I’ll then design a 3-Phase Story Development Program unique to your needs. In Phase 1, we’ll be gathering and organizing the source material; in Phase 2, we’ll do a first draft story outline by defining the archetypal structure, character orchestration and themes; in Phase 3, we’ll finalize the story outline that will keep you inspired and on track to bring your next project to fruition.
Your commitment? Over a four-week period, we will work one-on-one and I will guide you through two 60-minute recorded sessions per week. Between sessions, I’ll have our recorded sessions transcribed and will be shaping and developing your source material — spending an additional 4 hours each week — so you can finally spring into summer writing your passion project.
The fee for this 4-week Story Development Program is $1795 but if you sign up now you can be writing your next project this summer for $1495. My regular hourly fee is $225/hour.
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Tom has a keen sense of the “big picture.” His insight allowed us to envision structure and effective character arcs in the early stages of development — important assets in creating a great screenplay.Ashwin Rajan
Tom has the amazing ability to guide writers to a place of enhanced creativity.Michael Lehmann
Tom has a very unique approach to story and I’m extremely grateful to have had his guidance.Jennifer Arnold
Attending Tom’s workshop was a creative turning point for me as a documentary filmmaker.Nimisha Mukerji
I think I learned more about storytelling from Tom at the workshop than I learned in my last 10 years stumbling through my career.Scott Gracheff
Tom helped me focus on possibilities instead of limitations. His qualities as a guide cannot be valued enough, not to mention that he is a great guy, and tremendous fun to work with!Reto Caffi
I would HIGHLY recommend Tom to anyone involved in visual storytelling.Stephen Philipson
The first thing I did when I began writing was to pick up the phone and call Tom. I can’t think of a more insightful and inspiring “wing man”. He truly guides me to do my best work.Daniel Stamm
Tom is a master in working with dichotomies: logic and emotion, brain and heart, body and soul… my characters came alive as we found the optimal structure for my script.Gustav Deutsch
Collaborating with Tom has been absolutely essential for me and, aside from his sheer intellectual input, so much fun!Doris Doerrie
Tom’s extraordinary guidance on my scripts for “Nowhere in Africa” and “Beyond Silence” enriched my award-winning films immensely.Caroline Link
Tom is the best: full stop!Daniel Speck
Tom’s wisdom, inspiration, and deep understanding of character and story continue to guide me on each screenwriting journey.Pamela Gray
Working with Tom Schlesinger is worth its weight in gold!Paul Saltzman