Story and Plot: Dallas Improving The Read Screenwriting Workshop

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Story and Plot: Dallas Improving The Read Screenwriting Workshop

IMPROVING "THE READ" SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP WITH TOM VAUGHAN It's called, "A good read." It means the screenplay reads quickly, it's a page turner, and was actually enjoyable to read. Most of all, it means the script evoked EMOTION from the reader rather than just giving them information. When they read the script, they saw the movie on the screen. It is one of the hallmarks of a talented professional and a key factor that creates "fans" of a writer and gets them noticed. It's also one of the toughest things to learn about screenwriting. It takes hard work and confidence to find and develop your creative voice and have it jump off the page. The Improving The Read class addresses this significant stumbling block to new screenwriters. It's the first step to making your scripts convey the emotional experience of actually seeing the film.

-------------------------------- My 7th film,  WINCHESTER, starring Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke, is now avaiilable on digital streaming. -------------------------------- The days of writing a script as a technial blueprint for a production are long gone. Scripts are now meant to be read and experienced. Development is a much longer process than it ever was when the original screenplay formatting was developed. Now a script will be read by a dozens and dozens of people up the chain before the small miracle of being filmed ever happens so a screenwriter needs to worry about them first and the productuon team later, if ever. This class will make you a better screenwriter immediately. It focuses on how to create the best experience for the reader. It is an absolutely vital skill for anyone looking to get more positive reactions to their scripts.
Your spec script is a selling tool, and this class teaches you how to maximize the opportunity someone gives you when they agree to read it. In this workshop you will learn... • What narrative momentum is and how to maintain it. • Why "proper" formating isn't what you think it is and how to use that to your advantage. • How to win the confidence of the reader so they keep reading even when you might make a mistep. • Duplicating the same rhythm and tempo of your movie right there on the page. • How to write for an emotional response from the reader. • How to help the reader better connect with your characters. • To make sure the reader doesn't skip the action lines and just go straight to the dialogue. • How to write the slimmest, trimmest and most effective version of your story.
• To quietly direct the film and control the story without anyone knowing that's what you're doing. And much more... A major part of the workshop is taking pages from attendees and adjusting them in class to show how they can be a far more effective read. You should not let another person read your script until you believe you understand the principles of how to make your script a "good read". This class will show you these basics and beyond. The workshop will include lectures, examples and even work directly on student's pages IN CLASS. Story and Plot I: Structure is recommended, but not required. We will spend the first few minutes of the workshop reviewing basic structure concepts. Feel free to contact me at: You can find out more about my teaching philosophy in the blog post "On Teaching Screenwriting." There is lots more at FAQs With all the screenwriting books and teachers out there, what makes you any different and how do we know you are even qualified to teach this? Fair question.
I have been writing professionally for 23 years and teaching for about 10. I love teaching and spend a lot of time thinking about how to do it better. My day job is writing screenplays. My 7th produced film WINCHESTER is now available on digital streaming and I have two more films I expect to be in production next year. I would say about 50% of what I teach is just basic principles of storytelling explained in an easy to understand way, 25% is borrowed from great teachers but perhaps refined a bit more to simplify it, and the last 25% are elements that perhaps only I bring to a classroom. More about me HERE. Will there be a lunch break? Yes. About 45 minutes. Will lunch be served? No. But there are dining options within a quick drive. If you have particular dieting needs you are encouraged to bring your own lunch.  What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? There is parking.  What can/can't I bring to the event? Something to help take lots of notes.
Pad and paper or laptop is fine. If you are one of those loud typers that really abuse the keyboard, a pad and paper might be better. We will actually go through a few select writing samples and improve them righ there in the class.  Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

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