Cost: $5 - First Hour
Or stay for the full 3-Hour lecture for just $20!
Get Proven Tools to Create Tear-jerkers, Heart Warmers, & Characters Audiences Can't Forget!
LOVE! Love makes box office BOOM!
Do you want to write the next
"The Lucky One," "The Notebook" or "Titanic?
Learn how to hook the audience.
Learn how to write characters we fall in love with.
Learn how how to create suspense and tension in ROMANCE
The same way a painter has to learn to mix color or a guitar player needs to learn timing and fingering, screenwriters have to learn the essential tools of their craft in order to succeed. It's not enough to have great ideas. Yes, that's part of it. But you also have to know how to reveal information so as to create deep, emotional characters, interesting twists, suspense and tension. You'll want to know the tricks for making an audience connect to your ideas. You'll be happy you know to the proven story patterns that keep an audience engaged. These patterns will not stop your creativity - instead it will unlock your inspiration!
This three-hour workshop, designed for beginning and intermediate writers, will go over:
- The basic structure of screenplays
- The proven story patterns of Romance Movies
- The tools of suspense and tension
- How to create a hero your audience will care about
- How to write characters who change and grow
- The most common mistakes made when writing storylines
- How to write a second act that will keep the audience guessing - even though we know the lovers will come together!
- A tool that makes writing your first draft fast - easy
- A template hand-out to help you develop your story
Movies used in class: The Notebook, Titanic, Once, Last of the Mohicans, Avatar
NOTE: The first hour of this lecture is $5. If you would like to stay and get the entire 3 hour lecture PLUS a video download, the cost for the entire lecture is $20.
One-on-One Story Coaching
If you would like PERSONALIZED story coaching on your idea you can schedule a private coaching session during the lecture with story wizard, Cecilia Russell. She has helped hundreds of writers improve and finish their scripts.
$15 - 15 minutes.
About The Presenters
For over 14 years, Peter Russell & Cecilia Stewart Russell have taught story development, worked as Hollywood script readers and have read 5,000+ screenplays for major film and television giants including Imagine Entertainment, Participant Productions,HBO, CBS, Walden Entertainment and dozens of others. Together, they have helped independent producers configure their scripts into hits.
In 2009, Peter Russell received UCLA Extension's Instructor of the Year for Film & Television, as his intense study of movie storyline has provided unique, original insights into Hollywood's major genres.
How Movies Work believes that stories - especially movies and screenplays - are meant to be emotional experiences - not just plot or action.
To us, they're not Motion Pictures, they're EMOTION PICTURES.
"I must give you credit for giving me tools for writing that one script in
just three days and then rewriting in another three, setting a new record
among local screenwriters. Thank you guys!" - Vladimir Nagourny
"I've been taking writing classes for over a decade and wish I'd found Storymaker years ago! Peter and Ceci have a way of looking at writing that's understandable, entertaining and informative. I've enjoyed every class that Peter's taught - he's smart, creative and really fun to learn from. Ceci takes the best of what other books and classes have to offer and puts everything into perspective to get you to stop thinking and start writing from a place that's connected to story and heart. She's a master at beating the resistance that comes up during the writing process - I've watched work through it with writers of all levels and am happy and grateful to say that it worked for me."
Michaline Babich, Director and Executive Producer
"It has truly been the single best educational experience of my life."
Ann Faucher, Writer/Editor
"Storymaker 101 reignited my love affair with writing! I've been doing it for years, and have had my work on tv, but Cecilia and Peter's unique and ridiculously fun approach taught me ground breaking techniques that stick! I can't help applying what I've learned every time I see a movie now! Their incredibly positive attitudes coupled with their vast knowledge of screenwriting, plus their memorable techniques for applying what I've learned make this class a must for anyone interested in screenwriting."
Denice Sealy, Actress, Writer, Producer