Screenwriting Elevated Online Seminar 2023




Intimate – Interactive – Innovative



Next Session:

2023 3rd Saturdays TBA! 

Screenwriting Elevated is a seven month online seminar designed to expand and strengthen the high-level skills that ensure your writing makes the cut and your scripts stand out. Limited to 12 participants accomplished in craft, subject to instructor approval, ready to make the leap from “aspiring” to professional, A-List writing that grabs industry attention. Are you ready to shine?

The One Online Writing Series That Offers The Best of Everything:

LECTURE & DISCUSSION – Go In-depth on Advanced Topics

GUEST SPEAKERS – Q & A and Conversation With A-List Writers

BUILD STRENGTH & HONE SKILLS – Exclusive Reading, Custom Handouts, Unique Tools, Inventive Exercises

MENTORSHIP – Three and a half hours of one-on-one calls – valued at $525! This is your time! Constructive feedback on your work, your ideas, your career.

SCHOLARSHIPS – Offering one Merit/Needs based Scholarship and one Work/Study Scholarship with video editing skills required. To apply, please send me a short bio about yourself, your screenwriting background, your writing, your passions, what you want to learn, and how you hope to grow.  barri <at> bigbigideas dot com.


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Seven 3 1/2-hour Monthly Sessions

Next Session:  3rd Saturdays Series 2023 TBA – stay tuned for updates, subscribe for discounts!

10a-1:30p Pacific · 11a-2:30p Mountain · 12p-3:30p Central · 1p-4:30p Eastern · 6p-9:30p UK

Sessions remain online for students to review.

For Questions & to Save Your Space: Contact us at barri <@> bigbigideas dot com


Screenwriting Elevated Topics:


  • Seven Essential Elements of Story: Harness the Primal Power of Storytelling
  • Structure: A New Perspective and an Innovative Approach
  • Foundation of Story: Beneath Structure – First Find the Foundation 
  • Theme and Personal Thematic: Master The Message and Power Your Work 
  • Subtext: Secrets to Activating Emotions and Engaging Readers With Words   
  • The Story Creating Recipe: An Integrative Method from Concept to Fade In  
  • The Writer’s Voice: Seven Qualities That Make Your Writing Outstanding



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Screenwriting Elevated A-List Guest Speakers:


Include Academy Award-Winners and Nominees representing billions in Box Office success and a depth of experience from Features and Series, as writers, directors and producers.



These writers are known for their distinctive voices and their iconic films. There to answer all your questions, discuss their breaking in tales, share their storytelling philosophy, or have an intimate chat.



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The Big Ideas Seminar: Immerse Yourself in an Intensive!


Available Online in 2023


The Big Ideas Seminar takes screenwriters from “What to Write?” to “Ready to Write!” plus mentorship to ensure you succeed.


As a working producer, I created Big Ideas to give aspiring screenwriters what it takes to achieve their dreams by teaching them the powerful techniques I use with highly paid professionals on big league projects.  Big Ideas is my method for getting screenwriters further faster.


Big Ideas Screenwriting Intensive


Big Ideas is centered on the single most powerful thing in the film business – a great movie idea. I teach writers to create concepts that can ignite industry interest.  Then we combine harnessing your passions and your strengths with the realities of film as a business so you can put both to work for you and break in.


There are lots of ways to learn your craft. Big Ideas revolutionizes the way you create. I’ve developed powerful tools to help you target the right idea for you to write next and to crack your story quickly and effectively.  You will discover how to accomplish far more while spending less time rewriting, solving story problems on a single piece of paper, rather than endlessly ripping apart 120 pages. Big Ideas makes you confident in pitching your ideas.  I’ll transform pitching from a terrifying experience into an incredible idea-developing tool and a fast track for story development.  You will become fearless in the face of structure, turning it into your friend rather a befuddling foe.


More than just a seminar. Far from an impersonal lecture to hundreds of writers, Big Ideas in an intimate and interactive intensive centered on your stories and your career. Advance Assignments help you make the most out of our time together and enable me to customize your learning experience.


Big Ideas means mentorship. Every seminar student receives my mentorship for six months.  Contact me with story ideas, receive feedback on work-in-progress and get answers about the business side of the industry through one-on-one, working phone calls. It’s like having a producer in your corner, working to help your story reach its potential and reach the marketplace.


Click here for details including a day-by-day description.


$450 for the Seminar PLUS Six Months of One-on-One Mentorship


Special Offer! Pay in Two Payments.

When you make the first payment, your space will be reserved and you will receive the Advance Assignments. The second payment must be made 10 days prior to the start of the seminar to retain your space.


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“Inspiring, instructive and worth every penny! I have every assurance now that my tombstone will not read, ‘She was still working on Act 2.’”


— Jennifer Massey, Richmond, VA



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Get 50% off OR a Free $475 Story Doctor Script Consultation when you bring the Big Ideas Seminar to you and your screenwriter friends!