TESTIMONIALS




Randall Greenland testimonial

“The Big Ideas Seminar helped make better use of my time as a writer, by not only acting as a lens to help focus on what I write, but, as an unexpected surprise, also gave me insight as to why I write, and that has made all the difference.  I took time off work, flew across the country, rented a car and lodging and felt it was well worth it. Don’t miss this tremendous opportunity.”

Randall Greenland, Columbus, OH


Heather Lou Morgan testimonial

“As a mentor, Barri has been incredibly responsive to every question.  She listens intently to the story that I, the writer, am trying to tell and then suggests what needs to happen next in the process to make it film worthy.  I’m excited at how quickly my concept is turning into a real spec script under her guidance!”

Heather Lou Morgan, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA


Rachel Slansky testimonial

“The seminar did exactly what I hoped it would – reinvigorated me creatively and reminded me that I can do this if I keep at it.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I look forward to continuing to learn and discover with you as my mentor.”

Rachel Slansky, San Francisco, CA


Eric Pearson testimonial

“Thanks again for a super productive seminar.  I think I’ve made some good progress on my story, and will love getting your feedback as my mentor.  Your awesome idea generating exercise was right up my alley.  I truly appreciate your encouragement.”

Eric Pearson, San Francisco, CA


Erin Donovan testimonial

I took Barri Evins’ Big Ideas Seminar in 2014 and can see now what a turning point it was for my writing (no pun intended… although, that kinda works). Her passion for storytelling combined with solid structure know-how has stayed with me, and definitely brought things to the next level in my career. I now have produced TV credits! Whatever stage of your career and craft, Barri’s work will help you go deeper, get farther and exponentially improve your storytelling.”

Recent credits: The Enemy Within, NBC; The Mentalist, CBS; A Tale of Two Thieves, Netflix

Erin Donovan, Santa Monica, CA


Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough testimonial

“Barri really knows her stuff. And on top of it all, unlike many in the industry, is great at sharing her insights and  motivating writers and producers to come up with high-concept films that can be pitched to studios. She has great ideas on how to take their concepts to the next level.  Everyone should experience Barri and her approach to developing and pitching Big Ideas!”

Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough, Los Angeles, CA


Kate Wharton testimonial

“I truly needed to hear your guidelines for evaluating ideas. Now I’m putting my energy into an idea that can take me the farthest fastest.”

Kate Wharton, Seattle, WA


Eric Carlson testimonial

“Put Barri Evins’ Big Ideas Seminar at the top of your ‘Must Attend’ list. For me, working with Barri was like coming out of the writing desert and into an oasis of story ideas and screenwriting skills.  Barri’s mentorship has help me develop my own “passion project,” guiding me every step of the way!  She is always generous with her time and suggestions.”

Eric Carlson, Williamsburg, VA


Monica Partridge testimonial

“I think you are a genius with your technique! This approach is completely fresh and unique. What a special gift to work in a small group with you.” 


Monica Partridge, Pasadena, CA

Jennifer Massey testimonial

“Inspiring, instructive and worth every penny! I have every assurance now that my tombstone will NOT read, “She was still working on Act II.’”

Jennifer Massey, Richmond, VA


John Arends testimonial

“Your one-of-a-kind tools and exercises were extraordinary and helpful in the extreme. Just golden stuff!”

John Arends, Chicago, IL


Blake McCallister testimonial

“After working with Barri, I have a solid roadmap for my next draft, plus several new techniques for my ‘writer’s toolbox’ that I can use on future projects.”

Blake McCallister, New York, NY


David Hillhouse testimonial

“I just sold a script – my first sale! – and wanted to thank you as you directly influenced how I approached my writing.”

David Hillhouse, Toronto, Canada


Peter Coleman testimonial

“Your technique helped me to discover my underlying motive and theme in my stories. When it comes to teaching the art of screenwriting, no one else brings this to the table.”

Peter Coleman, Monroe, VA


Jon James Miller testimonial

“Barri is amazing. Her ability to shape and refine a pitch with a writer is nothing short of magical. She has the ability to take a story idea and spin it 360-degrees to get to the heart and find the hook that will get producers to sit up and take notice. I’d recommend Barri to any writer serious about their career, to help them find their voice.”

Jon James Miler, Oakland, CA


Noreen Kelly Cashman testimonial

“Barri’s seminar will not only rocket your writing to the next level, it will forever alter how you look at and develop new ideas. I am continually amazed at what I came away with in one weekend.”

Noreen Cashman, Wilmette, IL


Jordana Grader testimonial

“Barri is an incredible mentor who guides you from a real understanding of how Hollywood works.  Barri teaches you methods for achieving your dreams.”

Jordana Grader, San Francisco, CA


Neil Gaughan testimonial

“You invested a ton of effort, attention and sheer heart into your seminar. I benefitted personally and professionally from the passion and intelligence you brought to the experience. On top of that, I had an awful lot of fun. ‘Cause what’s better than talking story with someone who really knows their shit? Thank you. Truly.”

Neil Gaughan, Los Angeles, CA


Stephan Vladimir Bugaj testimonial

“Barri’s classes are not only informative, they’re also a ton of fun. Two of my best ideas came out of my sessions with Barri.”

Stephan Vladimir Bugaj, Los Angeles, CA


Doug Kohl testimonial

“It is hard to express how much over the top you delivered on your Big Ideas seminar. Your no B.S. insight into what works in the business was incredible. At less than the cost of a plane ticket you take your students on a journey through understanding the business and what makes a sellable script.  An invaluable crash course that took me from ground zero in my understanding to a place of confidence .”

Doug Kohl, Twain Harte, CA


Anna Newman testimonial

“I am so grateful to my DreamWorks Animation for bringing Barri in.  Working with an industry pro who can immediately cut to the heart of story problems and leapfrog your screenplay forward is an experience most writers only dream about.  She treated each pitch, like it was the most important story she ever heard.  In just minutes, Barri helped me find the heart of my story and address creative problems.  She saved me weeks of effort and moved my project to a new level.”

Anna Newman, Menlo Park, CA


Tom Loveman testimonial

“I’m totally energized to move forward. If you’re really committed to being a screenwriter, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t take this seminar. It’s given me a leap forward both analytically and creatively, establishing a strong foundation with tools and skills needed to focus my idea.”

Tom Loveman, Los Angeles, CA