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How the Pros Structure Their Scripts

At a Glance

  • Move beyond paint-by-the-numbers formulas to learn the approach professional writers use to structure their scripts
  • Specific tools to shape ideas into unique well-crafted stories that evoke maximum emotional impact
  • Perfect for both beginners as well as advanced writers.

Over the past ten years Corey Mandell has been fortunate enough to work closely with some of the smartest and most successful directors, producers and writers in the business. He's seen first-hand how they think about, create and revise stories - and almost none of them use the common structure approaches and methods. In fact, their approaches often fly directly in the face of the conventional wisdom.

This intensive Writers Store lab is for writers wishing to move beyond paint-by-the-numbers formulas to learn the approach professional writers use to structure their scripts to support and enhance what is original about their stories, characters and writing. This intensive seminar gives participants the specific tools to shape their ideas into unique well-crafted stories that evoke maximum emotional impact.

Topics include:

  • The requirements for a successful narrative foundation
  • The power of the unifying principle
  • Why most scripts fall apart in the middle and how to avoid it
  • What is required for a reader to care about your protagonist
  • How to build momentum
  • How to avoid the five traps that sink most stories
  • The use of thematic subtext
  • How to create high-impact resolutions
  • Sequence construction 
  • Character-driven narration

Through lecture and film clips, participants learn a professional approach to cinematic storytelling that applies to classically structured pieces as well as minimalist and ensemble works. Perfect for both beginners as well as advanced writers.

Where: 

The Writers Store
3510 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

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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 Instructor: Corey Mandell

Corey Mandell is an award-winning screenwriter who has written projects for Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Peterson, Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, John Travolta, Warner Bros, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Working Title, Paramount, Live Planet, Beacon Films, Touchstone, Trilogy and Walt Disney Pictures. Corey teaches at UCLA as well as private workshops. His students have gone on to sell or option scripts to Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Disney, Fox, Fox 2000, MGM, Universal, Showtime, FX, USA Network, AMC, NBC, CBS, MTV and HBO. Others have been staffed on such shows as Community, Justified, Bones, BoJack Horseman, Playing House, Marvel's Agents ...