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  • Make Your First 10 Pages Shine – Webinar

    June 18th, 2015

    Back by popular demand, I’m giving my Webinar for the Writers Store on June 18th!

    But even if you can’t attend live, you can register and enjoy the course on demand on your time, any time, for a year!

    Success in Hollywood is often about making great first impressions—and it’s the same with your script. Since some executives and agents will only read the first 10 pages of your script, it’s imperative you grab the reader immediately, engage them in the world of your story, and make them want to keep reading.

    This webinar covers 14 different elements and steps you can follow to ensure your script makes a great first impression and immediately grabs the reader. You’ll learn how to create the world of your screenplay from your opening image to setting up the tone, genre, characters, eliciting emotion, stakes, structure, theme, and writer’s voice. You’ll also discover the 10 most commonly-used ways to open your script. I will examine the opening pages of Hollywood’s hottest scripts–explaining why they worked.

    As a development executive, script consultant, producer, and contest judge, I have read thousands of scripts and know what it takes for a script to stand out.


    All participants in this webinar are invited to submit the first five pages (or first scene) of their script for a personal critique from me!



    • How to make a great first impression, on page one, and open your script with a bang
    • The 14 elements your first 10 pages must have
    • The 10 most effective ways to open your script
    • How some of Hollywood’s hottest scripts start and why they work
    • What your opening image needs to convey
    • What “creating a world” truly involves
    • How to immediately set up the genre, tone, mood, conflict, setting, and emotion of the story
    • How to make your characters feel dynamic from the first page and effective ways to introduce them
    • How to get your voice across on page one
    • How these 14 elements will help you build to your inciting incident and what the inciting incident must accomplish
    • The power of a great title and the pitfalls of bad titles

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