In this workshop, writers will learn all the key elements to a successful “episodic spec,” and will receive ongoing instructor guidance in building their own—from basic idea through finished outline. It begins with knowing how to choose the right kind of show to spec, then understanding which elements to study, in order to really grasp how a typical episode functions well enough to write one. Students will then learn the elements of great story ideas for a spec, and be given a chance to pitch and re-pitch multiple ideas for their episode, before finally settling on one to write. At that point, they will begin “breaking story” (figuring out the key “beats” of each “act”) over several weeks, getting instructor feedback along the way. Finally, they will be guided in crafting a scene-by-scene outline, from which they could then go on to write the actual script.
August 3 – September 21
September 28 – November 16
Join me July 27- August 24
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.
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FOUR-WEEK ONLINE COURSE
Starts Thursday, May 11, 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.
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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
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
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.
ABOUT THE WEBINAR
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.