From elevator pitches to development meetings to conference calls with talent, a screenwriter’s ability to share stories in a variety of narrative forms is both a valuable and necessary skillset. In the upcoming 1-week Screenwriting Master Class online course “Story Summaries: From Loglines to Beat Sheets” [February 2-8], you will learn six different story summaries that are critical assets for any screenwriter.
A screenwriter not only needs to know how to write a script, we also have to be able to convey our stories in multiple other ways. Beyond that, every time we shape a story in a different way, we learn something about it. As such, summaries can be helpful tools in developing, understanding, and crafting our scripts.
This 1-week online course that I will be teaching covers multiple story summaries: Logline, Synopsis, Breakdown, Treatment, Scriptment, and Beat Sheet.
Learn the ins and outs of six different story summaries including using them to help you craft your stories.
Plus you will have the opportunity to craft a logline of your own story with an optional workshop exercise.
The course consists of:
Seven lectures written by Scott Myers
Daily forum Q&As
Optional workshop writing assignments with instructor and class feedback.
A live teleconference between instructor and class members.
In the past, the response from participants in this course has been extremely positive. Here’s one reaction:
The prepared lectures alone are worth the price of this class. But, the added bonus of discussing the lectures as well as being able to workshop my loglines with Scott and my classmates was a fantastic learning experience that really helped me develop my ability to whittle an idea down to one intriguing sentence. If your manager, agent, guru, mother, or favorite reader asks you for a synopsis, treatment, beat sheet, or logline and you have no idea what any of those are then this class is for you. — Calvin Starnes
If you haven’t tried an online course before, this is a great and simple way to do it. You can download lectures any time and read them at your leisure. Peruse forum comments from your fellow classmates and respond whenever you want. The teleconference is on Skype and recorded so you can have access to it for transcription purposes. It’s amazing how convenient and effective online education is.
So why don’t you join me for “Story Summaries: From Loglines to Beat Sheets”? You can find out more about this 1-week online screenwriting class here.
I hope you can join me starting next Monday for this important and informative class!