Substance and Sale

Write & Sell Your Screenplay

How can I improve my script to reach a level judged professional by professionals?

How can I develop the business skills to
market myself and my material?

Learn both sides of the business from our incredible guest instructors:

Mega-Producer Adi Shankar (Stephen Soderbergh’s EFFECTS, Brad Pitt’s KILLING ME SOFTLY, DREDD 3D, THE GRAY and MACHINE GUN PREACHER)

Speakers subject to availability.


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Dates: January 25 – 27, 2013
Jan. 25 (6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.)
Jan. 26 (9:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.)
Jan. 27 (9:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.)

Location: TheFilmSchool
TheFilmSchool at The Film Center
305 Harrison, Seattle WA, 98109


OBSERVE: $ 299
$ 495 

One of the most dangerous pitfalls for writers is the belief that their scripts have been fully realized, when in reality they remain obscure or not dramatized to their fullest potential. Failure in this area is perhaps the main reason so many screenplays get passed on by industry story analysts or “readers.”


This course takes you through an in-depth development process, asking the same questions that a good producer would: does the screenplay have the underpinnings of a compelling premise? Does your original vision shine through a masterful working of the three-act structure? Does your lead character’s personal journey drive the story forward? Are there key turning points, a powerful scheme for the antagonist, and a number of other specific narrative elements which will catch the reader’s eye? Over three intensive days, we’ll work and rework through these craft issues at a professional level. The end result is to learn how to make your script’s key dramatic intentions come across as strongly as possible in the finished work, and at best, this process helps move your material to the next level at the right production company.


In the evenings, all us writers learn to take off our artistic writing hats and put on the hat of the business person that hides within. All of us possess the skills to market ourselves, we just need to be shown how.

Previous guests have included: Oscar-winning producer Edward Saxon (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, ADAPTATION), producer Gary Goldstein (PRETTY WOMAN, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES and UNDER SIEGE) and Liz Glotzer, President of Castle Rock Entertainment (MICHAEL CLAYTON, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, BEST IN SHOW).


There are two levels you can choose from to attend this seminar: Participant or Observer. The number of participants is limited to the first 10 who apply, and they should mail a one page synopsis in with their application. They need to agree to be open to criticism as the seminar’s panel determines which aspects of the material should remain intact, be embellished, or significantly changed. Observers attend all seminars and actively participate in discussions, but their work is not examined.

OBSERVE: $ 299 – 20 Seats Available
$ 495  – 10 Seats Available*

* Participants will be required to provide a ONE PAGE written treatment upon approved application so the instructors can review it prior to the workshop start.

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