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Creating a Great Read

At a Glance

  • In-person workshop on writing effective narrative description
  • Learn proven and successful techniques for creating a powerful film narrative that catches the attention of agents
  • Work with one of the top names in the screenwriting industry

Besides writing succinct dialogue, one of the biggest challenges screenwriters face is constructing a powerful, yet effective, narrative description. After all, narrative description describes the story within your screenplay which includes the action, settings, characters, and sounds. When you take this workshop, you’ll discover successful strategies for making your film narrative pulse with energy!

Discover the tricks of the trade and the skills needed to create a great read of your screenplay. In this 90-minute workshop, award-winning screenwriter Glenn M. Benest will cover how to write an effective film narrative. Learn the essential strategies and techniques of narrative description and much, much more!

Explore the elements of constructing a powerful, yet effective narrative description. When you take this workshop, you’ll examine film narrative from well-known and successful screenplays and learn how the essential elements of narrative description can imbue your film with energy. 

Plus, you’ll learn:

  • The best words to use when writing or conveying action
  • How to describe your characters
  • The importance of rhythm and pace in your writing
  • How to define the genre and style of your script
  • How to use strong visual imagery within your narrative

You’ll also examine screenplays from past students. You’re encouraged to bring in copies of your film narrative to be read out loud in class and discussed. Extensive handouts will also be provided, so you can continue to practice these narrative writing techinques and study narrative description on your own time.

Discover the best kept secrets for creating a screenplay that catches the attention of agents! Sign up for Creating A Great Read today.

See what students have to say about the course and instructor Glenn M. Benest:

“Glenn's class has been invaluable. I had already produced a highly acclaimed studio picture (The Hurricane) when I decided to join the writing group and I wish I had done it sooner. The process of analyzing and scrutinizing a script prevents you from getting away with imperfect work and allows an intelligent group to elevate any material. He and the class won’t sign off on a script until it’s ready, and that’s why his students have done so well.” -- John Ketchum

“With the help of Glenn’s workshops, I wrote my first screenplay ‘Niloofar’, which I directed in 2007. The film has been in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival and recently at the Cannes Film Festival, to name only a few. Glenn’s approach to writing an outline is simple yet the most effective I have encountered. I often recommend Glenn’s classes to my friends.” -- Sabine El Gemayel

“I met Glenn just after I moved to L.A. to write movies. He managed to boost my confidence in my talent even as he convinced me that I still had a lot to learn about the art of screenwriting. I’m now working on my third studio assignment for Paramount, which I work-shopped in Glenn’s class. Glenn is a terrific teacher with a deep knowledge of the craft.” -- Frank Baldwin

Product Details

  • Date available: 04/19/2012
  • Publication date: 04/19/2012
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Glenn M. Benest

Glenn M. Benest is an award-winning writing producer with seven produced screenplays, including two that were directed by Wes Craven. His independent film, HUNGRY HEARTS, was nominated for numerous awards at film festivals throughout the country and is being distributed internationally by Shoreline Entertainment. Mr. Benest is a celebrated lecturer and instructor and his professional screenwriting workshops have launched six feature films, including SCREAM and EVENT HORIZON.