CREATING A COMPELLING QUERY LETTER
Far too many writers simply rely on their screenplay to open doors, but in reality, no one reads a screenplay until they hear a pitch! We will discuss the tricks to writing a compelling QUERY LETTER, and why, contrary to popular belief, the query letter is NOT dead!
SELLING YOUR STORY IN ONE SENTENCE
Before a producer will even consider your work, they MUST know what your story is about. Hollywood has a short attention span; sell your script (and yourself) in one sentence, period. We will dissect some of Hollywood’s best loglines, and understand why they work(ed) brilliantly.
UNDERSTANDING A SYNOPSIS
Far too many writers confuse a treatment with a synopsis. They are drastically different. Have you ever heard of the saying, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, He Will Want a Glass of Milk?” Same goes with loglines. If you give a producer a logline, he will want a SYNOPSIS to follow! We will once and for all break down the purpose of a synopsis, and how it’s written — including page length, character introductions, subtext, and the finish, AKA the hook.
OTHER SHORT TOPICS WE WILL DISCUSS:
- How to write a Screenwriting Resume.
- How to write a Personal Bio.
- How to write an Introduction.
Once this class is completed, each student is welcome to send the instructor their one page query letter for feedback/suggestions/comments. EACH STUDENT WHO COMPLETES THIS COURSE WILL RECEIVE A FREE PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP FOR 1 MONTH WITH SCREENWRITINGSTAFFING.COM
FRIDAY — JULY 1, 2016 — 7-10 PM
Instructor: Jacob N. Stuart;
Location: Hollywood International Film Academy, 3153 Los Feliz Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90039, (213) 8207999