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S-e-x Tips for Screenwriters: Does Page Count Count? My Script is Too Long!

Paige, I need your help. It’s my page count. My script is too long! It’s a whopping 121 pages long! I know it will be instantly rejected by everyone, everywhere. This is my passion project, and it doesn’t stand a chance. This is so unfair!  Who makes up these rules? And what about all those […]

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Screenwriters Speak: The Themes That Fascinate Them

Screenwriters Speak: Themes That Fascinate A-List Writers

I ask Screenwriting Elevated seminar A-List Guest Speakers one question: “What themes are you drawn to, again and again, in your writing?” Love their answers! Think you will too.

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How To Write A Screenplay: Can You Be A Self-Taught Screenwriter?

Autodidactic is a fancy word for someone who is self-taught. Many aspiring screenwriters believe that they can be self-taught and acquire all the skills that they need to master how to write a screenplay. In my experience, and based on what I am hearing from my consulting clients in our mentorship sessions, despite the work […]

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Turn No, No, No Notes to Yes, Yes, Yes!

Throughout your career as a writer, you will get notes. Hopefully you will receive some excellent notes that help elevate your material by offering news eyes and a fresh perspective. But I guarantee that you will get notes that you do not agree with. You will get notes that you do not understand. You will […]

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Can You Hear Me Now? Developing The Writer’s Voice

It is one of the highest compliments a writer can receive.  The most sought after characteristic.  The hallmark of a true storyteller. It sets pros apart from the rest.  It’s the writer’s voice.  The writer’s voice is a magic ingredient that makes your writing irresistible. And makes the Industry want to meet you, hire you, and […]

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Mentorship – A Powerful Hand Up

Mentorship is essential to breaking into the industry, gaining a steep learning curve and ultimately having the opportunity to give back and give someone a hand up. Barri Evins shares the real life experiences that shaped her career.

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Confessions Of A Screenwriting FanGrrl

I have publicly admitted that I am a storyaholic. Actually, I have proclaimed it proudly. What I have not been as forthcoming about is that I don’t just adore great storytelling. I fall in love with great writers. Literally. I relish those times when I have read a truly great screenplay. One that was: Delightful, […]

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How To Write A Screenplay: Can You Be A Self-Taught Screenwriter?

Autodidactic is a fancy word for someone who is self-taught. Many aspiring screenwriters believe that they can be self-taught and acquire all the skills that they need to master how to write a screenplay. In my experience, and based on what I am hearing from my consulting clients in our mentorship sessions, despite the work […]

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Love You/Mean It, Paige

S-E-X TIPS For Screenwriters: Conflicting Notes – Which Way From Here?

Dear Paige, I’m ready to tear my hair out! I put in a ton of work into the latest draft of my script before sending it out to get feedback from fellow writers and from contest readers. The notes were completely in conflict with each other. What one person loved, another person hated. One person […]

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Personal Thematic

Personal Thematic: Creating Stories That Move Us

Storytellers are artists and, as such, each of you has a unique point of view on the world, shaped by your experiences and your beliefs. You have something to say; something audiences need to hear. Find the message that you as a writer are most moved by, that speaks to you on a deep level, that […]

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Story Foundation Jaws

Creating The Foundation For Strong Stories

Recently I tried an experiment. For years, I have given my seminar students students a unique tool that they could use to develop their ideas during their months of mentorship with me following the seminar. Early in my teaching career, I realized that I had to find an effective way to help writers build full-fledged stories […]

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Query Letters

S-E-X Tips For Screenwriters: Creating The Outstanding Query Letter

Dear Dr. Paige Turner, With several completed pieces of material polished and ready to go out into the world, suddenly I’m faced with a terrifying new writing challenge – the query letter. While I’ve worked to master my craft, this bizarre half man-half beast hybrid of letter writing/sales pitch/self-promotion leaves me baffled, and, to be […]

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