How to Write Based on a True Story
We also offer a live, instructor-led online course.
To find the best ‘story’ within a ‘true story,’ we need to start with a clear understanding of what makes for a viable screenplay idea. There are MANY stories within every true story, and the thrill and challenge of writing based on a true story is to select the one that will make the most compelling screenplay.
In this workshop, you will learn how to USE ‘history’ to make ‘story.’ Audiences and industry professionals view the “reality”behind the story as an element of intrigue, or selling point, but the screenwriter’s skills need to be up to snuff. In this workshop, you will go through the step by step process of building your screenplay from the foundation of a true story.
This workshop is offered in two formats. The budget-friendly On Demand option (which is for sale here) gives you the option to work on the same great workshop materials as the Online option, only without instructor feedback. You'll immediately receive our comprehensive course in PDF format, which provides instructions and exercises on specific skills you will need to succeed as a screenwriter. You can purchase the On Demand option here. To get the Online option with instructor feedback and online discussions with other students, please click here.
In this course you will learn:
- Step by step how to adapt a true story into a hit screenplay
- Why true story adaptations make hot sellers
- The creative process of taking a true story to the screen
- Write log lines that will get executives to read your script
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Package Price: $49.99
Details: In today’s marketplace, creative non-fiction and screenplays based on true stories are selling faster than fiction. A-list actors and agents know this and are more likely to read your screenplay if it’s based on true events. In this kit, you’ll learn how to take historical events and adapt it to a hit screenplay. Harness the intrigue of this unique genre and find the best “story” to tell within your true story. With step-by-step instruction from screenwriters in the industry, you’ll learn the best process to follow in developing a true story screenplay that sells.