Write a Showcase Spec Script

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Create your marketable movie idea and get that first draft done now! This online mentoring course takes you step-by-step through the script development process as you write the first draft of your showcase spec script.

You will begin with the story idea you have always wanted to write, or you can create three fresh ideas from scratch to choose from. From there, you will develop your plot and your character sketches from which to write your first draft. As your mentor, I will evaluate your story ideas, plot synopsis, and the first five pages of your draft.

Your goal in this class is to lay down that all-important first draft in three weeks (or as quickly as possible) using proven creative and script development techniques and principles. You will receive guidance at every step, and your questions will be answered.


Week 1 -- How to write a first draft
Week 2 -- Plot and character development
Week 3 -- Action, dialogue, scenes, and screenwriting fundamentals

Our class begins on January 8, 2017.

This course leads naturally to my workshop Revise Your Script for Market.


Our online forums are asynchronous. That means we don't meet at a specific time, but you can “attend” class anytime it's convenient 24/7.

You will have access to the class forums, course materials, and resources for three weeks after the end date of the workshop.


Assignments may be submitted early or late or not at all; you can work at your own pace. Here is a list of homework assignments:

Week 1 -- Submit your story ideas
Week 2 -- Plot synopsis and character sketches
Week 3 -- Your first five pages


Dave Trottier has sold or optioned ten screenplays (three produced) and helped hundreds of writers break into the writing business. He is an in-demand script consultant, award-winning teacher, and author of The Screenwriter’s Bible and seven other books. More.


Since the goal is a completed script, you will receive a $20 discount on any future script evaluation. Use it anytime you’d like.

If you and your fellow writers desire, I will conduct a chat session in our class chat room. A transcript of the chat will be provided to all.

My evaluation of your homework assignments would normally cost you about $200. The cost of this course is only $125, so take advantage of me and register!

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Registration Fee: Only $125

The course begins January 8, 2018. Specific instructions and your password will be emailed to you after you register.

Required reading: – Screenwriter’s Bible - $21.95

Email me with any questions about the course.