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“Writing is rewriting. A writer must learn to deepen characters, trim writing, intensify scenes. To fall in love with a first draft to the point where one cannot change it is to greatly enhance the prospects of never finding an audience.”
Richard North Patterson


“I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
Truman Capote


"The writer who wants to learn how to use dialogue in the motion picture should try to make his story understandable without the spoken word."
Eugene Vale


Writing is difficult – and only those who have never sweated in silence before the blank page would think otherwise. So I want to congratulate you on completing the 1st draft of your creation – it’s a major accomplishment.

Now, like any good writer, you know you need to sculpt and hone the script to realize its full potential. Often, we’re frustrated because we know there are holes, gaps and missed connections in our stories but we can’t see them anymore - we’re too close to the material. That’s where I come in. My goal is to answer two significant questions –
what is the writer trying to say in this story and how can it be written more effectively to achieve the writer’s vision?

To begin, I will identify the unique dramatic idea of your story and write a clear and concise sentence(s) to define that idea. Then I will move through the script looking at the structure, character development, sources of conflict and the final climax to see if the story reflects the dramatic idea - to see if you have achieved what you started out to do.

Next, I look at the script to see how you tell the story. There is craft to writing well and though I don’t believe in formulas, I do believe in form – dramatic form. I will analyze your scene construction, pace and the overall tone of the story to see if you are creating a storytelling style that enhances the dramatic idea. The goal is to use the craft of storytelling to bring out the power and the uniqueness of your story.




This is a comprehensive and detailed breakdown of your script.  I will provide a page by page analysis, focusing on such things as:

  • Story Structure – scene/act design, meaningful sub-plots, crisis, climax, resolution

  • Character Development – needs, distinct voice, dialogue, uniqueness

  • The Principles of Antagonism – the force of opposition, dramatic construction

  • Exposition – the difficult yet subtle way we convey necessary information

  • Theme – how it works throughout your story, tone, pacing

This detailed analysis (5-7 pages of notes) will clearly identify the strengths and weaknesses within your script with concrete solutions and strategies to overcome the problems.

Throughout the analysis, I will discuss aspects of the craft of story that have particular relevance to your writing. I will show you how “form” not “formulas” work.

I will give you comparable movie examples so you can reference specific points of their writing to your own – helping you learn through visual examples.

I will send you back the hard copy of your script (client’s postage) marked up with all my comments over the several readings that I give the script. This is an invaluable reference tool for the rewriting process.

A half hour phone consultation (client’s call) to discuss any questions you might have.

This Personalized Story Consultation is a powerful and invaluable tool to get you clear and focused – exactly what you need to stimulate your creativity for the rewrite process.   Price: $500.00


Because every writer is different and every story has its own unique problems and solutions, I want to give you an in-depth service that is flexible and yet answers your specific writing needs. The Personalized Workshop Package gives you all the detailed analysis of the story consultation and an additional ten hours of my expertise for whatever YOU need. Do you want to discuss the story at length over the phone? Do you want me to consult on another draft? Do you want me to work on a scene or an act with you?  Do you want me to give you a beat by beat scene analysis?

Whatever you need – I work for you.

Think of this as your own personal workshop, a one-on-one service where you get my extensive knowledge and my absolute commitment to make your story explode off the page.
   Price: $1,000.00


Story/Development Conference  -  $80.00 per hour

Rewriting or Script Coaching  -  Negotiable

♦ Scripts must adhere to industry standard margins and font size.

There will be a $10.00 printing charge to print out the hardcopy of your script (if you don’t post one to me).

  “You were so specific when addressing the unique problems in my script - you hit all the details.  Your knowledge of scripts is extensive. Thanks for making mine 100% better.  I’ll definitely be using you on my next story.”  -  Thomas Jackson, Vancouver