Write a Showcase Script
A certificate program of 3 courses

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Craft your script in 17 weeks with plenty of individual feedback from me and an asynchronous classroom (where you don’t have to meet at a specific time, but can visit the classroom anytime you wish, access the course materials, read notes, respond to the notes of others, and write notes). This opportunity is limited to only 5-10 writers. Here is what you get in all three courses:

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dot.gif (278 bytes) My evaluations of your homework assignments
dot.gif (278 bytes) One chat session per course (transcripts provided)
dot.gif (278 bytes) Access to a chat room for use with other participants
dot.gif (278 bytes) One-on-one time with me

The classroom, forums, and chat room can be easily accessed using your computer or laptop.

Once you complete all three courses and submit your script to me for analysis, you will be awarded a graduation certificate. If your script is not completed by the end of the last course, you can submit it anytime thereafter for the certificate.

There are three ways to proceed with the program.

1. The “Save $100” route – Determine now to take all three courses in sequence and save over $100 for registering for all three courses at once. You can scroll down to the bottom of this page to do that.

2. The “Pick and choose” route – You can register for one course at a time, or you can just pick the one (or ones) that best fits (fit) your needs and register for that (those).

3. The “Cheapest way possible” route – Save money by taking the courses, but not submitting any homework assignments. This is for writers who want to benefit from the instruction and apply the information on their own. However, a certificate cannot be awarded unless a script is submitted at the end.

If the classroom setting, chats, forums, and interaction with other writers is not important to you, consider the individual route. There are fewer opportunities to learn, but you can start now, write at your own rate, get the feedback you need, and achieve your goal—a completed screenplay.

THE 3 COURSES OF THE CERTIFCATE PROGRAM

Note for all courses: A class week runs from Monday to Saturday. The classroom is asynchronous (which means you don’t have to meet at a specific time, but can check in anytime you wish). Homework assignments may be submitted early or late, you can work at your own pace. Each course is limited to 5-10 writers.

Pay with VISA, MasterCard, or PayPal: Use my shopping cart to register using VISA or MasterCard. To use Paypal, go to the bottom of my Courses Page.

Course 1 – Act 1: Idea & Story Development – This is a new and improved version of my popular course “Writing a Successful Spec Script.” Set a secure foundation for your script by developing your story ideas into a salable project. Get off to a fast start and lay down those first 25 or so pages. Do your first ten pages capture the reader’s imagination? Let’s find out. Get valuable feedback and questions answered. There will be one chat session held at two different times for your convenience.

Start: February 3, 2014
End: March 1, 2014

Listed below are weekly topics and homework:
Week 1 – Ideas, loglines, concepts – 3 story ideas
Week 2 – Create fascinating characters – character sketches
Week 3 – Story structure – one-page synopsis
Week 4 – Writing issues – the first 10 pages
There is one free week before the next course begins.

My normal fee to evaluate the four homework assignments is $360
Registration Fee for Course 1 – Only $175

Registration Fee if you opt out of submitting homework – $79

Specific Instructions and passwords will be emailed to you after you register.

Course 2 – Act 2: Problems & Solutions –You’ve written the first 10-30 pages, now what?  Do you find yourself plotting… or plodding?  This course focuses on the most difficult section of the screenplay – Act 2 – and guides you through the rough spots through instruction, interaction, peer reviews (optional), and of course my feedback.  There will be one chat session held at two different times for your convenience.

Start: April 28, 2014
End: June 14, 2014

Week 1 – Two stories in one + theme – Identify A & B stories
Week 2 – Plot points and paradigms – Treatment
Week 3 – Characters and subplots – Character descriptions
Week 4 – Unleash your creativity – no assignment
Week 5 – Rising action and conflict – Revised treatment
Week 6 – Format & Readability – no assignment
Week 7 – Genre, scenes, dialogue – 3-5 page sequence
There is one free week before the next course begins.

My normal fee to evaluate the homework assignments is $445
Registration Fee for Course 2 – Only $265

Registration Fee if you opt out of submitting homework – $ 149

Course 3 – Act 3 & Completing the Script – Now we get it done! This course focuses on your writing issues. The course concludes with a 14-point analysis of your script. If your script is not ready before the course ends, you can submit it anytime thereafter. You will receive a certificate for all three courses once the script is submitted. There will be one chat session held at two different times for your convenience.

Start: July 7, 2014
End: August 2, 2014

Week 1 – Crisis, climax, denouement – Act 3 summary
Week 2 – The final twist – no assignment
Week 3 – Meaning and emotional impact – EI report
Week 4 – Special topics as you and I determine – Completed script

Registration Fee for Course 3 if you’ve already taken the first 2 courses – Only $455

Registration Fee if you opt out of submitting your script for evaluation – $139

Registration Fee if you have not taken all of the first three courses -- $595

SAVE over $100 and register for all 3 courses now -- Only $789

And if you opt out of the homework -- Only $349

Text for all four – Screenwriter’s Bible - $19.95

Email me with any questions.