Tim Neenan's Private Screenwriting Class
I've been teaching writing for many years now, and have long wanted to put together a screenwriting class that covered the essentials without ever claiming that there is a formula to writing a movie, which I do not believe and find personally gross. If you're interested in classic story structure and how it applies when writing a screenplay, I'd love to help you out. This class is currently designed for writers with previous scripted experience, though there may be an option for a beginners' level in the future. More info below!
SIZE: 4-5 students
LENGTH: 10 weeks, 3-hour classes
PRICE: $600 // $450 ea. for a writing team working on a single script
WHAT IS THIS CLASS?
This is a 10-week private course specifically focused on completing a first draft. This is absolutely a crash course in screenwriting — I've found that similarly priced offerings only get you to an outline. By the end of my course, everyone will have a finished draft they can take home and start rewriting. This is worth keeping in mind! First drafts are just the beginning, but 110 completed pages feels really good and the hard part will be over. I believe in small class sizes because they allow me time for tailored, specific notes contextualized for your screenplay.
WHAT KIND OF MOVIE CAN I WRITE?
Any. This is not a comedy-specific class. I will gladly help you with your space opera. However, I will enforce fundamentals. I don’t know how to note your David Lynch movie, and he wouldn't want me to. I want your screenplay to be structured with a clear story, and therefore marketable -- this does not have to mean "mainstream."
WHAT DO I NEED ON DAY 1?
Just an idea you think could be a movie. In our first week, we will be starting there, almost from scratch. We’ll discuss who your main character is, what kind of story you're telling, and what films you see as touchstones.
IS THIS HARD?
Yes. You won’t be able to do your weekly assignment three hours before class. You must set aside writing time every day, knowing you’re gonna hit some walls, but this is all in service of making a screenplay LESS intimidating!
WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
It’s just me, Tim. Like many workshop teachers, I’m out here just like you. But here’s my deal: I spent two years staffed at a major studio writing original and commissioned feature scripts as well as rewriting films they had in the pipeline. I was trusted to fix movies! I currently have two spec scripts in development, the latter of which sold in 2020. I’ve written big adventures, indie road trips, period pieces, and horror. I’ve also been teaching sketch writing for several years, and can confidently say my classes are fun, and that I like helping people.
If interested, click the button below. This does not guarantee a class placement, but you will be added to my waitlist, and I'll send updates if and when classes open up.