Handling exposition

February 4th, 2013 by

In Hollywood, there is a saying: “Exposition = Death.” Why? Because nothing can bore readers more than the delivery of setting, information, data and backstory. Yet every script, play or story you write requires you to include exposition.

That’s why I created the Screenwriting Master Class course Handling Exposition. In this unique 1-week online class, we will break down exposition into various types, then by analyzing numerous examples from well known movies, delve into six key principles and techniques on how to best handle it:

  • Exposition as Fascination
  • Exposition as Mystery
  • Exposition as Revelation
  • Exposition as Conflict
  • Exposition as Action
  • Exposition as Humor

Plus you can workshop exposition in your own stories using the principles and tips you learn in the course.

The class consists of:

Seven lectures written by Scott Myers
Special insider tips
Daily forum Q&As
Workshop writing exercises with instructor and class feedback
A 90-minute live teleconference between instructor and class members

Trust me, you need to know how to handle exposition. That’s why I created this course. And this is the only time I’ll be teaching it in 2013!

That’s right, I’m offering this class just once this year.

So join me beginning Monday, February 11 for Handling Exposition, a 1-week immersion in this critical aspect of the screenwriting craft.

Enroll here!

3 thoughts on “Handling exposition

  1. At the risk of coming off as a SMC whore, I will say that this is a MUST take course.

    Most of us don’t realize there are ways to handle the exposition beast, so we plod along, not knowing that we don’t know. And our writing suffers for it.

    An easy tell for Readers/Agents/Managers between amateur and professional screenwriters is how they use Subtext, work Scene Transitions and handle Exposition. Enlighten yourself.

    1. Scott says:

      Thanks, Traci. I think you are absolutely right. People in the business have an acutely developed sense re exposition. And that is whenever they start to drift or feel bored by facts and information. Not a good thing to lose a reader after you’ve gone to all the trouble to lure them INTO your story universe.

      I’m glad you found some things of value from the Handling Exposition course because I have worked on this subject for many years, studying scripts and professional writers, how the great one manage this type of thing.

      There are ways a writer can handle exposition well. That’s what the course is about.

  2. Shaula Evans says:

    I’d love to take this class! But I’m maxed out with working towards a big writing deadline at the end of the month.

    I’ll definitely watch for this one the next time it comes around, Scott.

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