ScriptXpert Scriptwriting Coaching
At a Glance
How many times have you told yourself that this is the year you’ll finally finish that screenplay? You have the ideas.You have a passion for writing. So what’s the missing element that keeps you from completing a saleable screenplay?
Without a clearly defined writing plan and a skilled expert to steer you through the process, getting from FADE IN to FADE OUT can be an arduous task.To up your chances at success, turn to our ScriptXpert Writing Coaches, The Writers Store’s professionally-trained screenwriting mentors.
A Writing coach provides customized guidance based on your own screenwriting goals, and can take you from first glimmer of an idea to a final draft, all the while addressing your specific writing needs.
Unlike classes and workshops, there are no one-size-fits-all theories or pre-set lessons, only one-on-one meetings where your coach will develop and implement a powerful strategy to help you reach your writing objectives.
The Writing Mentor program includes:
- A Personalized Assessment : You and your Mentor will meet to discuss your writing experience and review your screenplay, idea and/or outline.
- A Project Path Based: on your script idea and personal goals, your Mentor will provide a specific Project Path: to keep you motivated and on-track with your writing.
- In-Person or Remote Sessions : Choose 50-minute weekly or bi-weekly in-person or remote meetings, where you’ll work privately with your Mentor on the elements of your screenplay.
- Quality Feedback: During your session time, your Mentor will motivate and inspire you, and provide feedback on your work.
Having a regular appointment with a Writing Coach will make you accountable for your script, and gives you the unprecedented attention and input you need to get your blockbuster completed.
Our Writing Coaches are a team of veteran writers with degrees in an array of disciplines, from screenwriting to filmmaking. They possess solid backgrounds in the Industry, and have pitched, optioned and sold their own work. To select a Writing Coach, review their qualifications below to decide which one will be a match for your project.
Plus, we have numbers of satisfied screenwriters who are more than happy to talk about their experiences with our Coaches and Screenplay Coverage services. Check out our testimonials page to see what your fellow writers have to say.
Our Writing Coaches:
Mario O. Moreno
Background: Mario O. Moreno earned a bachelor’s degree in film from Miami International University, where he gained experience writing, producing, directing, and editing short films, eventually winning an Outstanding Filmmaker award for his thesis film, The Sellout.
INCAA produced his psychological-thriller feature film script Omission. His co-written animated action-thriller/dark comedy, Boogie the Oily (based on a comic strip), was the first 3D feature film made in South America. It has screened in film festivals all over the world. He has written numerous feature scripts in various genres as well as TV pilots, show bibles, and a novella. He has pitched to executives at Paramount, Warner Brothers, Fox, Disney, Universal, and Sony.
Along with being an Academy Nicholl Fellowships Quarterfinalist, Final Draft's Big Break Semifinalist and Austin Film Festival Finalist, Mario is the co-author of The Pocket Screenwriting Guide: 120 Tips for Getting to FADE OUT. He coached the first three winners of the Industry Insider Contest through the process of writing their scripts, including Tyler Marceca, whose script, The Disciple Program, was acquired by Universal after a bidding war. Mario also writes the column Screenwriter's Guidepost for Script Magazine.
Background: Anthony Grieco attended the University of Toronto where he majored in English and minored in Film. Upon graduating, he attended Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City and went on to star in over 50 television commercials and episodic programs.
He moved to Los Angeles when one of his first spec screenplays was solicited by various agents and managers. Within months, he had optioned his first feature, a comedy called I’m With Stupid, to Peachtree Films.
Anthony has completed ten feature film scripts and two TV pilots. Two of his scripts have been optioned, one recently rewritten for Clint Eastwood, and one recently put into pre-production for a summer 2013 start with Buffalo Gal Pictures in Canada. Anthony is also currently a script consultant, working as a Story Specialist at The Writers Store and a mentor for the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest. Anthony has placed as a Finalist Fellow in the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowships. He is also the co-writer of the best-selling Pocket Screenwriting Guide: 120 Tips for Getting to FADE OUT.
Background:Kay Tuxford earned a Screenwriting MFA at Chapman University, where she was awarded Knott Scholar status and was mentored by screenwriter Larry Gross. She was nominated for Best Screenplay for her feature Coffee Spoons, and was awarded Best Film for her comedy short 54 Meets #47.
She has experience as a production company reader for Dark Horse Entertainment and Gary Paulson Productions, and was also a contest judge for ScriptSavvy.net and Blue Cat. Kay assisted in the creation of and helped launch the Writers Store’s Development Notes program, which earned 5 of 5 stars from Creative Screenwriting magazine.
Kay’s other achievements include 1st place in the 1-Hour Category of Scriptapalooza’s TV Writing Competition, 2nd place in the Cynosure Screenwriting Awards, Second Round at Austin Film Festival on numerous scripts, and Semifinalist status on 2 scripts at the Nicholl Screenplay fellowships as well as placing in the top 10% and 15% with other screenplays. She also currently has a TV pilot optioned with her writing partner.
Background: Joe Aaron is the writer / producer / director of the feature film Crazy Jones, which ran on the Showtime Network, and was the winner of many awards, including Audience Choice Best Feature at Cinequest International Film Festival.
He worked in television for many years as a promotions and segment writer for HBO, Cinemax, Comedy Central, and E!
He is best known as the co-creator of Disney's Doug and is the co-author of children's book, "Doug's Big Shoe Disaster."
Joe is featured in two documentaries: Dreams on Spec and Autism: the Musical. His current projects include Horrible Tales for Terrible Children, Guttersnipes, and Southern Comforts.
Joe is a screenwriting graduate of the American Film Institute and resides in Los Angeles.
His non-fiction book: "The Low-Budget Screenplay: How to Write a Produce-able Script" is available at The Writers Store, Amazon, and all the major online book outlets.
"Joe is a terrific talent and is an amazing writer. The thing I appreciate the most about his work is that he brings a lot of heart to whatever he does." - Steve Mazur, Screenwriter: LIAR LIAR, HEARTBREAKERS, THE LITTLE RASCALS
"I feel like Joe is a genuine filmmaker. An independent who has his own material to talk about, who does it his way. It's fresh. And people can see a milieu that maybe they haven't seen before." - Tom Rickman, Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter: COAL MINERS DAUGHTER
Background: Eric received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and MFA from the Univ. of Southern California, where he won a Sloan Scholarship for his script Just Enough. His screenplay was also one of four accepted into the Hamptons Film Festival Writer’s Lab, under the mentorship of James V. Hart and Susan Rice.
Eric was one of nine finalists (out of 2400 entries) for the first (and last) Howard Stern Film Festival. His short film Tito Stern appeared for months on On Demand Cable.
Eric has collaborated on screenplays with Robert Gardner (Writer, The Wedding Palace) and is developing a pilot with Hayden Black (Goodnight Burbank, Gen Zed). As part of a team with Chad Rocco, Eric adapted the NY Times bestselling young-adult series Vampire Kisses and developed a feature film based on Knott’s Berry Farm’s Halloween Haunt. Eric and Chad are now writing a humor book based on the lows and lowers of aging ungracefully.
At New York Film Academy in LA, Eric has served as the Dean of Students and Chair of the Screenwriting Department. He has over twelve years of teaching experience, including feature screenwriting, story generation, genre, TV Spec and TV Pilot writing. He is currently hosting, producing and writing the podcast “The Backlot” for NYFA and was previously commissioned to write the original one-act play / short film The Also-Rans.
Eric worked as a production manager on the documentary The Cutting Edge: The Story of Cinema Editing. Interview subjects included Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Sean Penn.
But perhaps most importantly, Eric Conner remains one of this country’s few native Delawareans. Eric lives in Burbank with his wife Lauren, their sons Alexander & Judah and Sharkie, a dog of mysterious origin and backstory.
Ready to start working smarter, not harder? Call us today at 800.272.8927 or come in to The Writers Store to schedule a private in-person or remote session for only $79.
If you are not in Los Angeles you can still take advantage of this incredible service. Our Coaches are available Monday through Saturday from 10am until 6pm Pacific Time via phone, Skype.
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- Date available: 01/04/2013
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