Su-City Pictures East, LLC

Screenplay & Film Consulting By Susan Kouguell


Susan’s ‘WRITING THE DOCUMENTARY’ Online Course starts March 30



Starts Thursday, March 30, 2017

Documentary writing requires research and an understanding of the audience’s expectations, and how the writer can keep an open mind when challenged by the unforeseen, including the exposing of surprising material and interview subjects’ unexpected responses. This course will examine and offer specific strategies for writing and planning a documentary.


Next Session:

March 30 – April 27

Susan’s ‘Fundamentals of Screenwriting’ Online Class

Join me  March 9 – April 6 for my online 4-week class


This four-week class is the perfect introduction to the world of writing a script, from the fundamentals of the story down to the revision process. In this course, you will gain the tools to structure your scenes, your acts, and your plots.

At each step, you will receive comprehensive feedback on assignments targeted to develop the skills needs to thrive as a screenwriter.

The lessons in this course include video instruction.


The course was well outlined and a terrific help in getting the script properly structured. The instructor was supportive and gave fantastic advice with positive feedback.” – Jen B. 


Susan’s ‘Advanced Feature Film Rewriting’ Online class

Advanced Film Rewriting Workshop at Screenwriters University

This ten-week workshop is broken up into five sessions that each focus on individual elements of the rewriting process. Each session, you will submit a section of your screenplay for review. Each session will also have focused lectures that help you on each step of your revision process. The lectures are there for support, but the focus of this workshop will be on your screenplay. Each session, you will submit to your instructor for private review, and also you can submit to the other workshop participants for peer review.

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Next session:
January 26 – April 6


Join Susan’s ‘Writing the Animation Feature’ Online Class September 29

Writing the Animated Feature Film at Screenwriters University

In this 4-week course, you will learn key screenwriting and animation writing concepts that will allow you to take your idea and turn it into a working outline for a movie that you will then be able to write from. Essentially, you will learn how movies ‘work,’ and when and where things need to occur in your story to keep an audience engaged. By the end of the course, you will have a thoroughly reviewed ten-page treatment of your film.

Next Session:  September 29

Susan’s Webinar: Write Innovative Character and Plot: Analyzing Oscar-winning Screenwriter Diablo Cody

Join my Webinar: September 12, 2016 1:00 PM PT / 4:00 PM  (You don’t need to be ‘live’ to join!)

Write Innovative Character and Plot: Analyzing Oscar-winning Screenwriter Diablo Cody

At a Glance

  • During this live webinar, you’ll learn what film executives seek in a winning screenplay.
  • Gain an understanding of Diablo Cody’s work.
  • Learn how to write captivating characters while staying true to your plot.

Capturing the attention of film industry folks is vital to getting a screenplay out of the proverbial drawer and onto the silver screen. Your screenplay must stand out in the crowded and competitive world of scripts with not only compelling characters and powerful plots, but a distinct voice. Fitting that bill is — Academy Award winning screenwriter Diablo Cody, (Best Original Screenplay Juno) — whose thought-provoking characters challenge storytelling expectations by both following and breaking the traditional narrative rules.

Susan Kouguell will explore Cody’s distinctive writing while using it to teach you how to write a better script. Kouguell brings to this class a unique perspective; working in various capacities in the film industry, as a writer of over a dozen feature assignments, as a story analyst and story editor in the development departments of studios and independent production companies, and as a screenplay and film consultant at her company Su-City Pictures East, LLC since 1990. Susan will offer insights into both film executives’ and audience’s expectations without compromising your creativity and vision, incorporating her industry experience as a script consultant, screenwriting professor and author of Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays!.


  • What film executives demand in a successful screenplay.
  • Analysis of films by the same writer to illustrate a variety of approaches to consider.
  • How to discover the core of your characters.
  • How to avoid common screenwriting pitfalls.
  • Tools on creating characters an audience will care about
  • Insights on Diablo Cody’s most popular characters


  • Screenwriters seeking insights to elevate their characters
  • Screenwriters seeking tips for writing success from an industry insider who’s been in the film trenches (and survived) for over 25 years.
  • Aspiring and professional writers looking for hands-on and inspiring tools for constructing compelling characters.
  • Writers who’ve had their scripts rejected and want to learn why.
  • Writers who want to challenge themselves.
  • Anyone intrigued and interested to learn more about Diablo Cody’s work.
  • Writers, filmmakers, and producers living and working anywhere on the globe curious to learn more about the craft of writing.

BONUS: With purchase of this webinar, you will receive $79.99 off of a yearly subscription to the Screenwriting Tutorials website, which has specialized tutorials from experts that explore screenwriting topics covered nowhere else on the web!

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: This webinar will be broadcast using GoToWebinar. To see if your system is compatible with GoToWebinar, please review this page, which lists the system requirements for the software.

Join My Online ‘Writing the Family Feature’ class starts Thursday.

Writing the Family Feature Film at Screenwriters University

What exactly a “family film” is can be hard to define—they can be humorous or deadly serious. They can be total fantasy or a (sometimes) painful reality. This workshop will guide you through the structural and thematic elements common among the most successful family films of all time. If you aren’t considering writing for this target market, you are ignoring a prosperous genre that attracts big names and big budgets. Besides all that,these stories spotlight relationships, high-stakes conflicts, and a quest: all exciting goals to look through and to try to achieve for any screenplay. By the end of this workshop, you will have a complete treatment for your feature length family film that has been vetted by a professional screenwriter, and also all the tools you need to see your project to the end.

Next session: September 8 – October 6

Looking for a World-Building Online Screenwriting Class?

Join me Thursday, September 8 for my four-week Online class

World Building: Crafting Screenplays Readers Can Step Into at Screenwriters University

This course will offer specific tips for creating and implementing advice on building the world of your screenplay. Research advice and tips, strengthening visual storytelling in action paragraphs, developing and implementing settings, examining character and plot conflict as it relates to your settings, and genre consistency, will also be covered in this class. Original and unique worlds will set your script apart from the other screenplays, vying for attention from film executives; this course will also discuss understanding film industry folks’ expectations without compromising your vision and creativity.
Next session: September 8 – October 6

Making Your Screenplay a Success: Webinar

Webinar: Making Your Screenplay a Success with Susan...


Webinar: Making Your Screenplay a Success with Susan Kouguell
Monday, Monday, April 25| 1:00-3:00pm EST
Regular Rate: $25.00 | (discount rate) $15.00
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Whether you are working on your first screenplay or you’ve got several under your belt, this workshop will help you hone your craft and better understand the business of screenwriting. Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker Susan Kouguell will cover key elements of screenwriting including analysis of structure, plot, characters, story ideas, dialogue genre, and underlying themes. This webinar promises to be a great primer for anyone wanting to learn about the craft of dramatic writing, how to write for the screen, and how to market your work

Susan’s LIVE WEBINAR: Write and Sell Nonlinear Screenplays

LIVE WEBINAR: Write and Sell Nonlinear Screenplays: Nolan, Kaufman, Tarantino, and More — with Susan Kouguell

Monday, March 14, 2016 1:00 PM PT / 4:00 PM ET

At a Glance

  • A live webinar detailing the essential elements for writing a nonlinear narrative screenplay.
  • Reveals film executives’ evaluating process to determine if a nonlinear narrative script is successful.
  • Discover specific tools on strengthening and writing nonlinear narrative screenplays.

Please note: If you purchase any webinar, you will get a recorded version of the webinar sent to you after the presentation day. So if you can’t attend live, you will still get all the materials.


Writing a nonlinear narrative feature screenplay demands a comprehensive understanding of storytelling structure. This webinar will discuss nonlinear storytelling with an eye to the theory that screenwriters must understand the conventional rules of screenwriting in order to successfully break them. Anticipating and understanding what film industry folks require is essential to writing a screenplay that breaks the rules of the traditional three-act structure.

During this live webinar, Susan Kouguell will offer specific tips for creating nonlinear narrative scripts. Advice and discussion will include analyses of both traditional and nonlinear structures seen in various films, strengthening visual storytelling, developing and implementing character and plot conflicts, and genre consistency. Discussion will also cover understanding film executives’ expectations without compromising the writer’s vision and creativity.



Join my four-week online class

starts September 24


Have an amazing idea for a movie, but don’t know how to begin writing it? Get your screenplay on the track to success with the Fundamentals of Screenwriting online course. This four-week class is the perfect introduction to the fantastic world of writing a script, from the fundamentals of the story down to the revision process. In this course, you will gain the tools to structure your scenes, your acts, and your plots.

At each step, you will receive comprehensive feedback on assignments targeted to develop the skills needs to thrive as a screenwriting.

Geared for the writer on a tight schedule, the Fundamentals of Screenwriting will have you well on your way to a screenplay in just four short weeks.

The lessons in this course include video instruction.

September 24-October 22