Unlike so many other screenwriting classes, the Story and Plot workshops are taught by a working professional of over 25 years who has taight the subject for nearly as long. This is not an academic theory. It is not a glamorized interview broken up into segments. These are tangible processes that have been refined and tested literally over decades. The courses are designed to communicate layered ideas simply and clearly and to give specific, concrete steps to empower the student's writing and storytelling.
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Welcome to Story and Plot!
I started writing professionally twenty-five years ago. I've had eight movies made and two more in production this year. I am proud of all the ups and downs of my career, but if you really want to understand a subject, I recommend teaching it.
As I became a better teacher, I became a better writer. As I became a better writer, I became a better teacher.
When I struggle with any of my own projects, these are the principles I fall back on.
Because of my teaching, I finally have what I lacked early in my career: a tangible, and repeatable process to maximize the full potential of a story idea, and tell the story I am trying to tell to the best of my abilities.
That's what these classes are about. And Go Coogs!
"I was floundering in the middle of writing a script, trying to hit all the structure points I had read about in screenwriting books. On page 110, and still only halfway through the script, I realized I needed some help. After taking Tom's classes, I successfully completed my first script (in 105 pages) and it placed in the top 30 of a major screenwriting contest and I optioned it. I couldn't have asked for a better result. "
- Carrie Fitch (Houston, TX)
"I've always been interested in writing feature scripts but never had the tools or the knowledge to even begin. But thanks to Tom's writing classes, I was able to write a piece that ended up skyrocketing my writing career. I can't recommend it enough, both for beginners and seasoned writers alike."
- Jesse Esparza, television writer, MIXED-ISH, ABC | PRETTY SMART, Netflix | MAGGIE, Hulu
"I've studied screenwriting at two of the most prestigious film schools in the country, and I'm not exaggerating when I say I got more out of a couple of months with Tom than I did in my combined six years of university classes."